Tondli or Tendli as its called in Maharashtra, is a vegetable that looks like small dark green cucumbers but are stubby and grow aggressively on vines. They are also known as Tindora or Tindla in Hindi, Goli in Rajasthani, Tondakayi in Kannada,kovvakkai in tamil Dondakaya in Telugu and Ivy Gourd or Gentleman’s Toes or Gherkins in English. They are available in India throughout the year.. This dish is often prepared in my home It gives a very nice taste. The preparation is very simple.
250gms tondli, sliced or cut into thin vertical pieces,
2 onions chopped
2 tomatoes cut into small pieces
2 green chillies chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder,
1tsp red chilli powder,
1 tsp jeera powder
1tsp coriander powder
1 tbsp peanut powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
Chopped coriander leaves.
1.Heat some oil in a deep frying pan,Add mustard seeds and when they splutter add green chilli , onion and fry till onion turns brown.
2.Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, jeera &corriender powder and fry again.
3.Now add tomato and fry again . Mix. Mix and immediately add the chopped tondli,salt springle little water and mix well,
4.This should be stir fried for sometime before steaming in low fire. cook till tondli is soft, cooked and all the water has dried up. Keep stirring at regular intervals.
5.Once the tendili is cooked garnish with corriender and peanut powder.
6.Serve with rice or chapati