Monday, 3 January 2011

Dondakaya (Tindora) Fry

I was a very fussy eater when I was in India. I never liked most of the dishes. So it was a task for my mother to prepare what I liked. I never liked Tindora.

But coming to UK and having to cook made me look at vegetables in a different way. I like most of the vegetables now. I wasn't sure if I should try making Tindora. But P likes it a lot so I thought I'd try it. Once I started eating it, I liked it. I experimented a lot before I stuck to this recipe.

This has become one of our favourites. And as usual, I use frozen, cut tindora to save time. I use Sambhar Powder. Sambar Powder gives it a distinct flavour. You can substitute it with red chilli powder.

1 packet (400 gm) Frozen Cut Tindora
1 small Onion - finely sliced
3 Dry Red Chillies - Broken / Torn into 3 to 4 pcs each
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 tsp Cumin Seeds
10 - 15 Curry Leaves
1 tbsp Garlic Paste (I don’t like the bite of Garlic. You can replace this with 2 cloves of garlic chopped or crushed)
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Sambar Powder (you can substitute it with chilli powder)
Salt to Taste
2 to 3 tbsp oil
Salt to taste (I used 1 tsp)

  1. Heat Oil in a Pan. When hot, add the Red Chillies and fry for a minute.
  2. Now add the Mustard Seeds and let them splutter. Then add the Cumin Seeds and let them crackle.
  3. Now add the Curry Leaves and fry for another minute.
  4. Add the Onion and fry till brown.
  5. Now add Garlic and fry for a minute.
  6. Add the Turmeric Powder and Salt. Mix well.
  7. Add the Tindora and fry till done.
  8. Once done, add the chilli powder, mix well and fry for 2 mins

This is one of the simplest Subzi for a Thali. So this goes to the Complete my Thali - Subji hosted by Padmaja of Seduce Your Tastebuds. Complete my Thali was started by Jagruti of Joy Of Cooking


  1. wow, love dondakaya in any shape or form and love all the spices going in here. I am surely making super soon. Following you :)

  2. I tried it tonight for dinner. Came out wonderfully and loved by everyone. Thanks for this twist of dondakaya fry :)

  3. very well..I will try!
    never tasted this!

  4. @Priya: Glad every one liked it. I love the recipes from my mom's sister. :)

    @Harman: Let me know how it comes out. :).

  5. Just made for my family.. They loved it. Thank you so much


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