Thursday, July 29, 2021



One of the veggies that is often used in my house is Ivy Gourd. This is called Thondekayi in Kannada, 
Kovakkai in Tamil, Tindora in Hindi, and Tendle in my mother tongue, Konkani.

According to this article in Lybrate, Ivy Gourd has many properties that are good for our health.

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for other dishes made with Ivy Gourd, such as:-
Today's recipe is from my Home State of Karnataka. It is for a side dish called Thondekayi Palya. I have adapted this from the YouTube video for Thondekayi Palya from Sudha's Kitchen.

This dish is quite easy to make and goes great with rice or chapatis. 

  • Thondekayi (Ivy Gourd), 500 gms
  • Channa Dal, (Bengal Gram ), 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a few
  • Green Chilli, chopped, 1 
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind, small gooseberry-sized ball
  • Jaggery, grated, 1/2 tsp, or to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 2 tbsp
Grind To A Coarse Powder:-
  • Byadgi Red Chilles, 5
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut Gratings, 1/2 cup

Wash the ivy gourd, snip off the two ends and cut lengthwise into thin strips
Soak the tamarind in a little warm water  and extract the juice

In a small mixer jar, grind together Byadgi red chillies and the mustard seeds till they are crushed
To this add the coconut gratings and once again grind to a coarse powder without adding any water 
Keep aside

Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadhai and on medium heat add them channa dal and the curry leaves
Saute till the dal changes colour 
Add the chopped green chilli and sauté 
Next add the ivy gourd slices and sauté on low flame for 1-2 minutes 
Add a little salt salt and turmeric powder and mix well
Cover and cook on medium/low flame stirring from time to time 
Once the ivy gourd is half cooked, mix in the tamarind extract and grated jaggery
Add salt to taste ( remember a little has been added before) 
Cook till the ivy gourd gets done but remains firm without getting overcooked 
Lastly, add the freshly ground powder of red chillies-mustard and coconut and mix well 
Transfer to a serving bowl
Thondekayi Palya is ready to be served as a side dish with rice or chapatis 


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