Thursday, June 20, 2013

tindora /Donadakaya Karam Kura ( Tindoora/ivy gourd with peanuts and spices)

This is one lovely and tasty vegetable that can be used in any dish.  This has very good medicinal value.This contains chemicals that may reduce blood sugar levels.This also helps in reducing Constipation,Skin wounds, when applied to the skin. This is normally part of diet for new mothers.

Prepping this vegetable may be little bit time consuming ,but your efforts will be rewarded by its great taste.

This can be prepared in many ways , deep fry or shallow fry,or steam and season it or Grill it and prepare a chutney. Whatever is your way it tastes unique .

this recipe pairs Ivy Gourd with peanuts  and Sesame seeds  has enough protein and excellent taste. This can be used as side dish for rice or a roti or for stuffing in your pita bread or flat bread.

Recipe:

Ivyr gourd /Dondakayalu-  1 cup  (accordingly)

SpiceMix:
coriander seeds-1 tsp
Ground nut- 4 tsp
sesame seeds - 3 tsp  
split bengal gram/chana dal- 2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp (optional)
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
red chillies-5/6 (depending on variety you are using ,some gives color ,but may not be hot and vice versa)
Garlic pods - 2-3 (optional ,i didn't added them )

others :
Salt-1 tbsp
Cilintro- bunch
oil- 2 tsp 

Process/Method:
1.Take pan and dry roast  all the ingredients under spice mix  separately.
Grind it to coarse powder .

2.Cut Ivy gourd making  a horizontal slit as shown 

To expedite cooking process ,i keep these ivy gourd pieces in microwave for 3-4 mins. No need of adding any water etc. this is optional

3.heat pan  add oil ,and add these pieces   ,add salt ,mix will,keep in low heat .
Cover with lid. 
Tip: generally placing a vessel with water on the lid ,helps in speeding up the cooking process.

stir in between and cover and cook in low heat till they are soft and tender.

4. now add the powder prepared in step 1.Mix well till the powder is coated well.
sprinkle 1-2 tsp of water if needed.cover and cook for 2 mins.

5.adjust salt and garnish with cilantro.











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