Tendli Masala with a tangy taste

Sambar Dosa with Ingredients, South Indian DishTindora or tendli is very popular in the south. I prepared this dish with a tempering of mustard, curry leaves and asafoetida and finished off with a combination of masalas like coriander and cummin seeds, dry red chillies and sesame seeds. Lemon juice is added instead of tamarind for that tangy taste. Perfect as a side dish or with chapattis.


Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Makes 2 to 3 servings



500 gms tendli (ivy gourd) , sliced
1 chopped onions
2 tsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
a few curry leaves (kadi patta)
pinch of asafoetida (hing)
5 whole dry kashmiri red chillies
1 tbsp coriander (dhania) seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp sesame seeds (til)
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)



  1. Pressure cook the tendli pieces for 4 whistles. Do not add any water to it. Only add little water in the cooker.
  2. Dry roast the coriander seeds, cummin seeds, sesame seeds and red chillies for few seconds and then grind into a powder. Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and temper with the mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida. After it stops spluttering add the onion and garlic and saute till light brown.
  4. Now add the boiled tindora, salt and turmeric powder and fry for 5 minutes, covered.
  5. Add the powdered masala and mix well. Continue to fry uncovered for a further 3 minutes.
  6. When done, add the lemon juice, mix well and serve.


By tarladalal.com & Tarla Dalal



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