Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tindora Fry/Dondakaya Fry

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I don't think that I had to post this as this is a very simple and common south Indian stir fry.Then the next question would be as to why am I posting it then?The answer is simple,this recipe is completely meant for all the newbies or bachelors or for people who are not familiar with south Indian cuisine.
On any day if I am served with just a simple fry,rasam and papad for lunch I would be more than any happy person to enjoy my meal heartily.Especially after a long holiday after eating lot of junk food I would be dying to have simple south Indian meal like this.Not only that,this kind of decent meal with a stir-fry,rasam and rice can be made under 30 minutes which is just perfect on lazy weekends or when short of time.During my school and college days,most of my lunch boxes had few breakfast items or mixed rice and pulav varieties.So during the weekends or on holidays I used to insist my mom to make just stir-fry and rasam as I thoroughly enjoy it.She used to start her cooking only around 12.30 in the noon as 1 o' clock was my usual lunch time and she used to serve everything right off from the pan,piping hot rasam and crispy stir-fry with steaming rice which is a match made in heaven for me.Why am I boasting about a simple stir-fry and rasam so much??Well if you are a south Indian you will understand why am I saying so much about simple stir fry and rasam.

Ingredients:
250 gms Tindora/Tendli/Dondakaya
2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds(optional)
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste
a sprig of curry leaves

Method:
  • Cut tindora into thin round discs or lengthy thin strips and keep them aside.
  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadai or non-stick pan and crackle mustard seeds and add curry leaves and let them get slightly crisp.
  • Add sliced tindora and keep it in low to medium flame.Keep stirring it once in a while to let it fry until crispy.It might take 25-30 mins depends on the flame and tawa you use.
  • Once it becomes crispy add required amount of salt and chili powder and mix well and fry for another couple of minutes.
  • Once the fry is done do not cover it as it will loose its crunch and becomes slightly soggy.So its better to do it fresh and serve immediately rather than making it a couple of hours earlier.
Serve it hot with piping hot white rice and rasam/sambar/dal and papad.I served it with brown rice,tangy raw mango dal and papad.

Notes:

Follow the same method to make any fry with the vegetables like ladies finger, brinjal, potato, raw banana, arbi(but you need to boil it before).You need to fry them according to the cooking time required to make it.

Variations:
  • I sometimes add garlic chilly powder instead of regular chilly powder which gives nice garlic flavor to the fry.You can even add slightly mashed whole garlic pods to the fry while you are frying it.
  • You can even add sambar powder or goda masala instead of red chilly powder for a different flavor to the fry.

38 comments:

Vardhini said...

Love tindoora .. too bad we dont get it here .. Looks good.

Vardhini
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Muraligeetham said...

kovaika thats what we call in malayalam..but the same way we make it...crispy tasty ..

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

My fav fry...Luks Very tempting...Love the tempting clicks.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Simple yet delightful....it's like everyday food...love the fry and i too do all those variations. I even sometimes presure cook tindora for 2 whistles and saute it with tempering....hmmm..lazy me....

Aruna Manikandan said...

love this a lot.....
looks perfect and delicious dear...
nice clicks :)

Kurinji said...

Lovely and tempting recipe....
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Malar Gandhi said...

Lovely recipe, it pair well with rotis and rice, very fulfilling dish indeed.

Ambreen said...

Looks yummy and so easy to make!

Priya Sreeram said...

good one!

Pavithra said...

Yes i accept what u said .. dondakkai is my fav and i can finish them as snack itself..tempting menu always.

Nitha said...

delicious one.. Wish I could have that platter for lunch..

Suma Gandlur said...

Love that crispy done tindora fry. Dondakaya and bendakaya fries are my favorite ones. :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks yummy..perfect with rice

Vimitha Anand said...

Crispy and yummy fry... Would be perfect with white rice...

Kalyani said...

wow my fav. fry ... looks very delicious .......

Hamaree Rasoi said...

This time I'm giving comment for ur Tindora fry ;-)
Fry looks amazing and crispy. Great preparation.

Deepa
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Priya said...

Wat a quick and delicious fry,yumm,love with curd rice..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

This is my favorite dondakaya recipe, including the shape of the veggie. My mom always used to prepare it. Now, I know the efforts when I cut dondakaya in that shape... lol :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Simple and tasty recipe. Looks so good. YUM!

Gayathri Anand said...

Love this fry a lot ...Looks so crispy ,

Now Serving said...

I absolutely love this almost fried version! YUM YUM!

Yummy Team said...

Its my fav, I had it for my lunch yday..Delicious tindora stirfry..and tempting clicks too.

Cham said...

Simple but bold in flavor, good stir-fry!

Sathya Sankar said...

Tindora fry looks delicious !

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Preeti Kashyap said...

My all time fav!yummm...love it with rasam!

Preety said...

perfect side dish..

saffronstreaks said...

perfect crispy stirfry with good flavours , a good side with rice or roti,


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aipi said...

Great side dish- love tindora very much n the whole spread you have there is really mouth watering :)
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Archana said...

Love it. As I child I never liked tindora but after marriage I loved the way my MIL cooked them and could never get enough of them.

Swathi said...

Tindora fry looks awesome.

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

Thank you for stopping!This fry looks very good!

Prathima Rao said...

Looks perfectly sauteed :) We make this too at home but in a slightly diff way..But this looks better!!
Prathima Rao
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Smitha said...

I amke it often...a fav in my house! can have it anytime!
Smitha
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julie said...

first time at your space Prathy..wonderful blog and good set of recipes too..glad to follow u!
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Priyanka Agrawal said...

mmmmmm you never seem have an unending list of recipes. good!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

You have made this looks so good,cooked crisp and yumm!

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks fantastic Crispy & yumm.

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