Thondekai masala recipe | How to make Ivy gourd masala curry | Thondekai gojju | Tindora curry for chapathi

By Latha on November 24th, 2018

thondekai masala, thondekayi curry

Thondekai masala curry or thondekayi gojju recipe explained with step by step pictures and a video. Thindekai masala or Tindora curry goes well with chapathi or roti. This is a very tasty curry prepared using Ivy gourd, tomato, onion, peanut, red chili, coriander seeds, sesame seeds and few other spices.

Ivy gourd is familiar by different names like thondekayi or thondekai (kannada), Ivy gourd or gherkins (English), tindora (Hindi), dondakaya (Telugu), kovakka (Malayalam), kovakkai (Tamil), tendli or tondli (Marathi), manoli (tulu), kundru (Oria) and kundli (assamese). You can find three more Ivy gourd thondekai recipes on this website like thondekai fry, thondekai palya and thondekai majjige huli recipes.

Thondekai or Ivy gourd is a very tasty vegetable and you can prepare many recipes using it. This vegetable is also known for its anti-oxidant content. It protects the nervous sysytem and promotes the metabolism in the body.

You can serve this thondekai masala along with super soft chapthi or hot steaming rice. In this recipe, I have fried the Ivy gourd in oil, which takes long time. So if you are in short of time, cook the Ivy gourd in the cooker by making one whistle and then fry it for some time.

Since I have used peanuts or shenga in the masala, this thondekai curry has a nice nutty taste. The taste is more like north Karnataka style ennegayi recipe.

If you are looking for more curry or gojju recipes for chapathi or rotti then do check my Zunka vadi, menthe palle or methi dal, ennegayi or stuffed brinjal, mixed veg curry, gorikayi kara or cluster beans curry, mixed veg sagu, hesaru kalu gojju or green gram curry and hagalakayi or bitter gourd curry recipes.

I have made a video on this recipe with Kannada narration, which I have embedded it below. Kindly have a look.

Thondekai masala or thondekayi curry recipe

Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 30 min
Serves: 4

Ingredients: (measuring cup used = 240ml)

  1. 1/2 kg thondekai or Ivy gourd
  2. 1 big onion finely chopped
  3. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  4. 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  5. 1 gooseberry sized tamarind
  6. 4 tbsp cooking oil
  7. Salt as per your taste

Ingredients for grinding:

  1. 1/4 cup peanuts or shenga
  2. 2 tsp coriander seeds
  3. 2 - 4 red chilies
  4. 2 tsp sesame seeds
  5. 1 big tomato chopped

Instructions for making thondekai masala curry:

  1. To beginwith chop Ivy gourd, onion and tomato.
  2. Next lets prepare masala. For that heat a frying pan. Add in peanuts (shenga), coriander seeds and red chilies. Start roasting them under medium flame without adding oil.roasting masala for thondekai masala curry
  3. When peanuts are light brown, add in sesame seeds.sesame seeds for thondekai masala curry
  4. In no time sesame seeds will splutter. Immediately add in chopped tomato.tomato for thondekai masala curry
  5. Followed by add in grated coconut. Give a quick mix and switch off the stove.coconut for thondekai masala curry
  6. Once they are cool, grind them into a paste by adding required water. Keep it aside.masala for thondekai masala curry
  7. Heat oil in a frying pan and add in chopped Ivy gourd or thondekai.chopped Ivy gourd for thondekai masala curry
  8. Fry for a minute and then add salt. Continue cooking the Ivy gourd by stirring it frequently. You can close the lid for fast cooking.salt for thondekai masala curry
  9. Once they are cooked, add in chopped onion and curry leaves.onion for thondekai masala curry
  10. Roast until onions are light brown. And then add ground masala along with a cup of water.cooking thondekai masala curry
  11. Add in tamarind, turmeric and salt. Give a quick mix.tamarind and salt for thondekai masala curry
  12. Close the lid and allow it to cook for 10 minutes under low flame..cooking tindora for thondekai masala curry
  13. Ope the lid and sprinkle coriander leaves. Make sure the vegetable is cooked and soft. Swtich off the stove. Enjoy tasty curry with either chapathi or rice.coriander leaves for thondekai masala curry

Dear reader, We have a Kannada version of this recipe. Click here to read this recipe in Kannada.

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