BM #99 Day 4 - 

Today try this simple, easy and flavorful rice with Tindora. It works best with leftover rice and is a good one for lunch boxes.

At first mention, my family gave me strange looks but then I convinced them to try a bite and they were sold. The masala paste is the key to the flavor. So please don't skimp of sesame seeds. 

Ingredients - 

Rice 1 1/2 cups
*Tindora / Dondakaya , chopped 3-4 cups
Salt, Turmeric as needed
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Chana Dal 2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Mustard Seeds 1 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafotida a pinch, Curry leaves few, Cashews few)
Lemon Juice as needed
For the Masala - 
Putnalu / Roasted Gram/Dalia 2 Tbsp
Sesame seeds 1 Tbsp
Almonds/Peanuts handful
Coconut 3 Tbsp
Green Chilies 3-4
Coriander leaves few

*We prefer the Tindora chopped finely (I use a chopper). Some prefer circular discs (time consuming) and others prefer vertical slices.

Method Of Preparation -

Cook Rice in whatever method (Pressure Cooker, Instant Pot, Rice cooker or Stovetop). Fluff the rice in a wide serving platter. Set aside.

Make a paste of all the ingredients listed under 'For Masala Paste' and set aside.

Steam the chopped tindora for about 8-10 minutes. (I sprinkled some water, covered it and microwaved it for 8 minutes.)

In a heated wide pan, add oil and the rest of the seasonings. After the dals are brown and the mustard seeds pop, add the steamed tindora.

Add turmeric and saute for a couple of minutes.

Pour in the ground masala paste, mix well and let it cook for about 4-5 minutes.

Sprinkle salt, mix well. Reduce the heat to the minimum setting.  Gradually add the fluffed rice and mix gently.

Adjust the flavor as needed.

Remove from heat. Squeeze lemon juice, mix well and serve warm.


 Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99

Preparation Time 30-40 minutes
Serves 4-5


  1. sushma Says:
  2. Dondakaya Annam looks yummy Harini, I usually make fry with dondakaya which my kids like most. Should try this rice dish sometime. Perfect for lunch boxes.

  3. Srividhya Says:
  4. The masala is very unique. As you mentioned this rice will be perfect for the lunch box. I have already bookmarked this recipe to try Harini.

  5. Suma Gandlur Says:
  6. It sounds like masale bhaat with a different spice powder base. I bet this tastes really wonderful.

  7. Srivalli Says:
  8. I have made this rice with a different masala. This is one also sounds so good.

  9. Pavani Says:
  10. This looks so flavourful and delicious! The masala is very unique! Thank you for sharing!

  11. That masala paste sounds wonderful Harini. If I use tindora, even my family would give me weird looks, but adding the paste would completely change the flavour.

  12. I have a similar recipe with Tindora and one coming up too . The rice with paste and Tindoras would taste absolutely delicious . Tindoras are not liked by many , but if well cooked they taste delicious .

  13. Perfect lunch box recipe... Im gong to try this out soon.. Such a unique recipe..

  14. Sowmya :) Says:
  15. Tindora rice looks so delicious! Perfect for the lunch box. Bookmarking!

  16. Preeti Says:
  17. Its look alike a masala rice recipe.. looks so delicious and tasty.

  18. Kalyani Says:
  19. I lvoe tindora as a vegetable and make vangibhath with this veggies and rice .. your flavourful masala paste is a must make, Harini ! the pics are so inviting !

  20. CookwithRenu Says:
  21. Interesting recipe. Never thought of using a Tindora in a rice. A very healthy way to sneak in this veggie in a rice.

  22. Swati Says:
  23. Never used tindora in rice. looks so good, a wholesome one pot meal

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