Dondakaya Koora ~ Tindora Curry

For Day 2 here is a version of Tindora which is popular at my mom's place.

My mom rarely cooks with onion and never uses garlic in her cooking. I know there are many versions of the curries which my mom cooks and which are no-onion no-garlic. 

Ingredients - 

Dondakaya, washed and chopped lengthwise 3-4 cups
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt as needed
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp, Cashews few (optional), Curry leaves few)

Koora Podi / Curry Powder - 
Chana Dal 2 Tbsp
Urad Dal 1 Tbsp
Coriander Seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Coconut Powder 2 tsp
Red Chillies as needed
Peanuts 2 Tbsp or Sesame seeds 1 Tbsp (Optional)

Method Of Preparation -

Individually dry roast the 'Koora Podi / Curry Powder' ingredients until they are golden brown. Upon cooling grind them to a fine powder and set aside.

Boil/steam the chopped tindora separately and set aside.

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning ingredients. After the mustard seeds pop and the dals are golden brown, add the cooked tindora.

Sprinkle the turmeric and salt. Also add the koora podi/Curry Powder. Mix well, let the flavors blend in. Sprinkle some water as needed. Remove from heat. The result should be slightly moist yet dry.

Serve hot/warm with rice/roti.

Preparation Time 25 min
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, November 11, 2014


  1. This vegetable is a favorite in my house. Must try this variation some time.

  2. My hubby loves this veggie and I am always on a look out for a new variation.

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. I usually make brinjal with this koora podi have to try dondakaya next time looks yumm.

  5. sujitha Says:
  6. healthy side dish.. i never tried this vegetable.. after seeing ur recipe want to try this vegetable to taste it...

  7. Never made this combination before,looking yummy, must try it.

  8. delicious tindora curry.

  9. Priya Suresh Says:
  10. Inviting curry, i do this curry but with onions, will try urs soon.

  11. A very comforting curry! It always reminds me of back home :)

  12. Srividhya Says:
  13. Tindora is one of my favorite veggie. Love it in any form. Yours looks very inviting

  14. Unknown Says:
  15. wow such an tempting and delicious tindora koora :) looks so yummy !!

  16. Unknown Says:
  17. Dondakaya is my favorite veggie...a nice and new version. Love the curry powder.

  18. Srivalli Says:
  19. I love your pictures Harini, very nicely shot..not to mention the dish...

  20. Pavani Says:
  21. Love that curry powder with peanuts & spices. Will try your tindora curry some time.

  22. tried this veg for the first time few months back and really like it - will have to try your version when I run out of onions in the house

  23. veena Says:
  24. That curry powder sounds interesting. Must try

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