Tendle Talasani | Spicy Ivy Gourd Fry

I am on a Konkani dishes spree.. Two in a Row now.. After the yummy  Pejje Polo which collected a whopping number of views within a day of me adding it, (Thank you all who had a look at the recipe yesterday! Can’t pen down how happy i felt seeing the page views graph soar high..) here i am with another awesome and simple recipe of Tendle Talasani… Here “Tendle” is Tindora or Ivy Gourd and “Talasani” is a name given to dishes made in this way ie cooked literally in oil without water (shhhh.. I did add little water though as i cant bear a lott of oil in my food..)

                             Tindora to me was only stir fry with cashews which was made during Ugadi (Our New Year!) at my place and a stir fry with potato from which i would fish out only the potato pieces and leave the tindora slices in the pan itself.. Any other dish with it was a huge no no from my side… So after my wedding, when my hubby told me how he loved this Talasani , i found out the recipe and made it, not planning to eat it myself… But as i was making it, the aroma of the roasted garlic was so amazing that all my plans were drowned in deep sea..
Finally now i can say i am a great fan of this dish too… The nicely roasted tindora with a equally crisp garlic filled with spiciness is a super yum combo with a rice and rasam.. Even though it is a common dish in many Konkani households, i am sharing it with those who are still not aware of the yummy dish..

So do try and enjoy your meal with the pretty ivy gourds.. Btw did you notice my little food art with the ivy gourd ends?? It was an instant idea to use them for the decoration all inspired by the members of my fav food group,kkaj…
Thank you dears for giving me all these cute ideas!!

Health Benefits of Ivy Gourd: Normalizes blood sugar level, increases bowel movement in the body, Contains high amount of vitamins essential for the body and also to reinforce defense mechanisms..Vitamin C for conditioning the bones,Beta carotene as a source of Vitamin A and also Vitamin B1 and B2… Also good to take ivy gourds with meals during fever…
Source: Health Benefits Times


Adapted from the book: Oopkaries by Jayashree V Prabhu

1 Cup Ivy Gourd/ Tindora/ Tendle, washed well and cleaned
5-6 Garlic Pods,peeled and crushed
1 Tbsp Red Chilli Powder
Salt to taste
1/2 Tbsp Oil

1. Cut both the ends of tindora and keep aside..

2. Crush the tindora slightly using a mortar and pestle or stone.. It should not break into pieces..
Note: I found a easy way to do this.. First make a little cross section on both the sides of the tindora..Then crush it.. This method is far easier than crushing without the cross section..

3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and add the crushed garlic pods..

4. Fry till they turn deep brown in colour..

5. Add the crushed tindora and mix well..

6. Add salt, red chilli powder and salt and mix well…

7. Cook on medium flame till the tindora turns soft and changes to a light brown colour.. Open cover every two minutes and give a toss.. Sprinkle a little water if the dish is sticking to the bottom of the pan..
Note: This stir fry tastes yum if the tindoras char a bit.. So use a heavy bottomed pan and let it char for a while till light brown.. Don’t take it too far and burn ok…

8. Remove from flame and serve as a side dish with a rice meal..

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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