Stir-Fried Tindora With South Indian Spices

Tindora, also known as baby watermelon or Ivy Gourd, is a fruit that is commonly used in Indian cuisine as a vegetable. Once boiled, it can be stir-fried quickly and makes an excellent appetizer or side dish
Ingredients - Serves 3-4
  • 300 g tindora (or ivy gourd), sliced lengthwise
  • 2 tsp split chickpeas (chana dal)
  • 1 tsp black gram (urad dal)
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 3-4 dried red chillies, broken into small pieces
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder, optional
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Place the sliced tinder with ½ cup of water in a bowl. Cover with cling wrap and {microwave} on high for 8-10 minutes or until fully cooked
  2. Drain the water and set aside
  3. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add split chickpeas (chana dal) and black gram (urad dal) and fry until slightly brown
  4. Add mustard seeds and dried red chillies and fry till the mustard seeds start to splutter
  5. Add the tindora and fry till it starts to brown slightly
  6. Season with salt and red chilli powder (if you like it hot) and serve immediately with rice and optionally, a bit of ghee, or as a side salad
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