Sunday, May 20, 2007

Tinda Sabzi

I got a packet of frozen tinda, from the Indian store. The packet says "punjabi Tinda", which is also a Indian baby pumpkin. Then i looked up the web and wikipedia says -

Tinda,also called Indian round gourd or apple gourd, is an annual vine grown for its immature fruit, a vegetable especially popular in South Asia.
This vegetable is cooked in different ways in India, especially in the northern part of India. I heard about this vegetable from a close friend in school and was on the look out for this vegetable. Though i didn't get any fresh ones, these frozen ones turned out equally good.


350 gm - Tinda, cut to small pieces
1 small - Onion, chopped
1 medium - Tomato, chopped
1 tsp - yogurt / curds
Salt to taste

Grind to paste

4 flakes - Garlic
3 - Green chili
1/2 inch - Ginger

Masala powders

1 tsp - Coriander powder
1/2 tsp - Red chili powder
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp - Garam masala powder
1 tsp - Chat masala powder

Seasoning & garnish

1/2 tsp - Jeera / cumin seeds
1cup - Coriander leaves , chopped


1 ) Wash and dry tinda. Cut into medium size pieces.

2 ) Heat oil in a kadai or wok, add jeera, onion and fry till onion is lightly brown in color. Then add garlic-ginger-green chili paste. Fry for a minute.

3 ) Add masala powders - coriander, red chili, turmeric and garam masala. Stry and fry for a minute, then add tomatoes and yogurt. On low heat, covered with a lid, cook till tomato is well cooked. Add a little water to cook tomato.

4 ) Add chopped tinda, stir and mix. Close with a lid and cook on very low heat. Add salt to taste.Cook till tinda is well cooked. Garnish with coriander leaves.

5 ) Sprinkle chat masala powder generously, stir and mix well.

Take off heat and serve

Serve with roti / chapathi. Since this is a sabzi, it's in a dry form.


Seena said...

Good recipe..Prave,what is it's Mallu name?

Asha said...

Pravs,I saw these Tindas in Indian store but bcos I have never tried this veg,didn't buy it!:))
Thanks for posting the info,I will get it next time.Looks delicious.

Pravs said...

Hi Seena: no idea.. i looked up the web..didn't get a mal name.

Hi Asha : Hey, i somehow assumed you knew every vegetable out there...seeing the variety of vegetable recipes in your blog :D
Give this veggie a try asha... you will like it. It's tender and tasty.

Kribha said...

Hi Pravs,
Never heard of this before. Will keep an eye for it. will try it when I get it. Good picture and recipe.

KitchenFairy said...

Onnu kanne adachall ,kore miss aakum...U are great!I never tasted this before...Looks like tomato.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hay this is a different recipe. It is looking great...I like it...

Mallugirl said...

Don't these have a lot of water in them? i never get satisfied with frozen veggies.

Pravs said...

Thanks Kribha,KF and sukanya :D

Hi mallugirl : Being frozen, it did have some water. I wiped it dry and cooked. But it didn't give out water when cooking.
I agree...nothing compared to fresh ones :D

reena said...

i buy tindas from indian store too. this dry dish looks good.

seena, may be malayalam for tinda is 'kunju mathan' :))

sunita said...

Love the colour of the sabzi...all ready to be savoured with the rotis...

Sharmi said...

I have had lot of Tinda subzis back in India, but here I find them rarely . looks yummy.

Richa said...

hey tinda looks good, it's popular in the northern region. liked ur matar paratha as well, i had made gobi paratha yesterday :)

Sig said...

pravs, are u on a veg diet? :)...
I've no idea what these vegetables are, do we get this in Kerala?
Reena just made up that name right? I've never seen this back home.. :)

Pravs said...

Hi reena: you have good sense of humor there...:D
How do you cook tinda ?

Hi sunita : I did exactly that..:)

Hi Sharmi: Did you get this vegetable in the southern part of india ? I didn't try them fresh in india...but now tried the frozen ones :P

Hi Richa :hey how do you make gobi paratha ? do you have any tinda recipes ?

Hi sig: I am clearing out my fridge... found some frozen veggies :D
No idea..if we get this in's more of a north indian vegetable.But then, you never know..maybe now a days it's available.
Yeah, reena has a good sense of humor right ? :D

Anonymous said...

we use fresh tindas in curries. they keep their shape and provide a nice texture

AD said...

Tinda is found in the north and northeastern regions of India. Confusing if you are from the south and central parts of western India and have heard the name tindi which is a small, finger sized cucumber-looking veg that turns orange on the inside when it is really ripe! Two totally looking vegetables. This is my first year growing it in Atlanta dn have already so many of them on the vine!

priyankaa said...

I love Tindaas, i remember my mom used to make them back in India and finally when i found these in the Indian Store, i was thrilled.
This recipe was great, it turned out to be really nice :)


Anonymous said...

I think its called Kovakkai in malayalam. Or maybe that is the tamil name for it. Another name used in north India is Tindora. Anyways, nice recipe. Thanks!

Pravs said...

shaik: Thanks for coming by. This veggie is not kovakkai. This veggie is round in shape and has a good taste when cooked.

Braveheart said...

Thanks for recipe. Much appreciated!!

Amrita said...

Good recipe will try it

Garima Bhatia said...

Liked the blog..loved the recipe :)
just heading to the kitchen to try this out..Thanks!

Ankita said...

Nice recipe :) Hope u did find fresh tinda n made stuffed tinda. it tastes yummm :)