Tendli Fry is a simple and easy home style fry and is best served as a side dish with chapatis or with curd rice and dal-rice.
Tendli FryCourse: Main Course, VegCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium
250 grams Tendli)
2 tablespoons oil
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
½ teaspoon fennel powder (saunf powder)
½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
½ teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
- First rinse 250 grams ivy gourds (tindora or tendli) very well in water. Drain the excess water.
- Then thinly slice of the top and bottom ends and discard them. Slice the ivy gourds vertically in four parts. You will need 2.5 cups sliced ivy gourds.
- Making Tendli fry
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy and thick bottomed kadai.
- An iron kadai works best for this recipe. If using mustard oil, then let it come to its smoking point and then add tendli.
- Keep the flame to a low and add the sliced tindora (ivy gourds).
- Mix very well with the oil.
- On a low flame begin to cook the tindora. Keep stirring after 3 to 4 minutes.
- Saute till the tindora is half done. You will see the edges getting light golden on the tindora when they are half cooked.
- Now add the spice powders – ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon fennel powder, ½ teaspoon cumin powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing).
- Mix the spices very well with the tindora.
- Add salt as per taste.
- Mix well and continue to saute on a low flame till the tindora becomes golden, slightly crisp and is cooked well. Stir after 3 to 4 minutes.
- Saute till the tindora is cooked well.
- Lastly add ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder, ½ teaspoon dry mango powder and 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
- Mix well and switch off the flame.
- Serve Tendli fry hot or warm with chapatis or with dal-rice or curd rice or sambar-rice.
- You can add less or more spice powders as per your taste preferences.
Tendli fry recipe can be easily halved or doubled.
2 medium-sized potatoes can also be added. First sauté the potatoes for 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame and then add the ivy gourds.
Instead of dry mango powder, you can add about ½ teaspoon lemon juice.