Monday, August 2, 2010

Tondli/ Ivy Gourd Raita

We are not big fans of ivy gourds also known as tondli or tendli. Few weeks back, I saw fresh tender ivy gourds in the Indian stores and was tempted to buy them. However, instead of making our regular  'tondli chi bhaji', I made this simple tondli raita. In this dish, tondli is deep fried and seasoned with some spices. This perfectly seasoned crispy tondli is then added to some thick yogurt to create this delicious and refreshing raita. This is a perfect side dish with any Indian meal and goes well with rotis/ parathas and also rice- dal.

Ingredients -
2.5 cups sliced ivy gourd/ tondli/ tendli
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp hing/ asafoetida
1 pinch turmeric powder
1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger
1 tsp green chilli paste
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro (plus more for garnishing)
1 cup plain yogurt (cup used for dry measurements)
1 tbsp coarse peanut powder
1 tsp sugar (to taste)
2 tsp oil + oil for deep frying
salt to taste

Method -
1. Deep fry the chopped tondli (cut lengthwise) and take it out on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
2. Heat some oil in a pan and add some mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the cumin seeds, hing, turmeric, finely chopped ginger and green chilli paste and fry for sometime.
3. Add the fried tondli, salt and finely chopped cilantro and mix well. Cook for sometime till the tondli becomes crisp.
4. Beat some yogurt and add some salt, sugar and peanut powder. (The tondli already has some salt so adjust the salt accordingly).
5. Just before serving, add the tondli to the yogurt and mix together. Garnish with some more chopped cilantro.

This goes to Suma's 'Sidedishes from India' event.


Pari said...

I love Tondli in any form, would love to eat this all by itself .. a bowl full:-)

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Different way to use the Ivy gourd ..Looks refreshing !!!

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

lovely raita with tinde...looks so tempting n yum...mouthwatering dish...

Sweet Artichoke said...

This dish looks delicious, I have never tried ivy gourd, but will look if I can find them in the Indian store and try this recipe!

Suma Gandlur said...

We prepare bhindi in the same way but never thought of using these lovely gourds in a raita. Thanks for providing another addition to my raita list. :)
The bowl of raita looks so inviting.

Satya said...

wow it looks so delicious n mouthwatering try it soon


Nitha said...

Great idea.. Raita with ivy gourd..

Panchpakwan said...

Looks so to have with bhakri..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Never made Raita out of tondli. So, will surely try

aipi said...

hmmm..that looks interesting..very different n new way to use the ivy gourd..will give it a shot

? said...

We have different kinds of yougurt dishes but not ivy gourd; must try this! Looks delicious!

Usha said...

Very unique idea to use tondli in raita, looks inviting !

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Ania said...

Wow, I don't even know what it is but looks great.

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious

Panchpakwan said...

Hey Rachana,

Long time no update from are you doing?