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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Punjabi Masala Stuffed Tinda

Tinda, a vegetable more widely used in the northern part of India, looks more or less like a green tomato. They are also called as Indian round gourd or apple gourd. Here is an interesting recipe i had noted down long time back from a friend. Got to try it now when i got some fresh tinda, that i could slit to stuff masala powder in.


400 grams / About 8 to 9 - Fresh Tinda

Dry masala powders

1 tsp - Coriander powder
1/2 tsp - red chili powder
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
1 to 1.5 tsp - Amchur powder / dry mango powder
1/4 tsp - Black pepper powder
1/2 tsp - Garam masala powder
1/4 tsp - Dry ginger powder
1/4 tsp - Hing powder
1 tsp - Fennel powder/ Saunf powder
Salt to taste


1/4 tsp - Jeera/ cumin seeds
2 medium - Onion, thinly sliced
1 cup - Coriander leaves, finely chopped


1 ) Scrap the tinda skin off. Slit them slightly vertically and horizontally like a cross. Remove any hard seeds. Mix all the dry masala powders listed above together. Add salt to taste and mix well.

2 ) Now stuff this dry masala powder into the slits of the tinda, like in the picture below. Save the extra masala powder towards the end.

3 ) Heat a flat bottom pan with oil. Add jeera and splutter jeera. Then place the masala powder stuffed tinda in the pan and cook on low heat covered with a lid.
4 ) Check if the tinda is cooked and fried on the bottom. Then carefully turn over and cook on the other side. Cook till tinda is tender and browned lightly. Scoop the tinda off the oil and transfer to a plate. To the remaining oil add the onion and fry it to light brown color. Then add the remaining masala powder and fry for a second. Adjust salt to taste. Now place the cooked tinda back into the pan. Stir onion and tinda to mix in . Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with roti.


Unknown said...

Sounds excellent..new tasted this.

Suji said...

This is a total new dish to me, never seen or heard about this, Looks great!!

Diane aka cameldiva said...

Oh, I am so glad you are back. I stalk your blog regularly for ideas and have tried several recipes that have become favourites.Thanks for sharing your recipes so generously.

Pravs said...

Kothiyavunu : Thanks for coming by...do try if you like this vegetable.

Kairali : This is a veggie found in north india...

Diane : I am so very glad to know you visit my blog often and have tried out the recipes. Thank you for this comment...makes it worth while to blog again :)

lissie said...

stuffed tinda looks so good, Pravs! excellent combo with rotis!

Suja Manoj said...

This is a new dish to me,I have seen this veggie but did not know how to cook..looks awesome and flavorful spice blend...thanks for sharing dear

Reva said...

This is new to me but I love the blend of flavours and the dish looks superb. First time here and I enjoyed browsing through your blog.. Great going.. Glad to follow u..

Rose /Magpie said...

You have a lovely blog!
I would like to invite you to a monthly cooking event to share our dishes inspired by Kerala- "Kerala Kitchen" that Ria of Ria's collection and I are hosting.

Here is the event page if you'd be interested in joining us to share our love for Kerala cuisine!


Would love to see your wonderful dishes at the Kerala Kitchen!

Namitha said...

Never had this veggie ever ! but I'm seriously tempted to try some after seeing your post :-)

Pooja V said...

nice. i love it.

parvathy said...

looks so good,,,yummy...

Anonymous said...

Best reciep I really loved it thanks

Shri said...

Will try this!