It’s such a cold day today. Being sick with cough and cold doesn’t help at all. But just the thought it’s a Friday cheers me up. No homework. No need to rush to get to bed on time. No need to wake up early tomorrow. What more can I ask for? By the time I completed my work today, it was almost 6 pm. There were no leftovers in the fridge. Time to get cooking.. Or can we order take-out? Sure, take out was an option. But the vegetables languishing in the fridge stirred up an enormous amount of guilt. So I put aside my sniffles and set to work. A few beans, lentils, tomatoes and condiments went into the Instant Pot for T’s dinner. Next rummaging through the vegetable compartment, I found a bag of tindoras, sadly forgotten.
Tindora called Ivy Gourd in English, Dhondakaya in Telugu and Kovaikkai in Tamil, is one of my favorite vegetables. Nutrition wise, it is rich in beta-carotene, helps regulate blood sugar levels and it tastes delicious. My mom slices it into thin rounds and sautés them patiently on the stove top till they crisp up. But I best love this vegetable in sambar. After soaking up the flavors in the sambar, it tastes simply divine. I will post that recipe one of these days. You can munch on raw green or ripe red tindoras. The ripe ones are sweet. Back home, the red ones were compared to the red beaks of parrots.
So, how did I prepare Tindora today?
I just trimmed the ends and chopped each into two. Mixed it with spices and salt and air fried it for about 20 mins. (The duration depends on the quantity of the vegetable and the capacity of your air fryer. I use Philips XL AirFryer and quantity was more than two pounds. You can make this on the stove top or in the oven too.
Air Fryer Fried Tindora:
Tindora – 2 lbs
Chilli Powder – 1 tbsp (Adjust acc. to taste)
Turmeric – 1/2
Salt – Acc. to taste
Jeera Powder – 1 tbsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Mix everything. Add it to the air fryer basket. Air fry at 360F for 20 mins, shaking in between.
That’s it. Tindora is ready. It took me 10 mins to clean, chop and prep. And the rest of the cooking time was spent relaxing on the couch.