Bharvan Tindora |Stuffed Ivy gourd


We are in the second week of BM#57 and I will be featuring side dishes that normally being served with bread or rice along with main course. If you happen to visit my blog often you would have known that I have lots of side dishes and mostly are from north India.

Being Vegetarian , I love to make and use almost all the vegetables available in the market.We have this habit of making a dry veg curry with roti and curd/raita in the lunch and a dal/lentil or veg gravy curry with rice,salad and roti for dinner.So if I would make a dry curry for dinner that is totally unacceptable.I mean they would eat it but with the bucket full of questions , like why , how ?? you made it at night etc .

As I am from typical Brahmin family and married into Punjabi family ,the life was a little hard in the starting after marriage. I had never eaten a curry with garlic and there all of them were eating proper Punjabi meals with lots of ginger garlic, spices and aromatics.Whenever they would make non-veg, I was always throwing here and there or covering my face with masks.After almost a year I became habitual of the smells of non-veg and has started eating garlic also.

This stuffed tindora recipe is from my mother in law . She is an amazing cook and makes even a simple dish so delicious.I learnt most of the Punjabi recipes from her and my FIL. I remember ,one day we both made Matar pulao at the same time same way but still hers was way too delicious than mine.

Blogging Marathon#57
Theme-Side Dishes
Dish-Stuffed Tindora

250gm Tindora/Ivy gourd
4 green chillies
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon amchur/dry mango powder
salt to taste
2 tablespoon oil


Wash and dry the tindora.In a bowl mix all the spices and salt.
Make a slit in the centre of each tindora piece and fill half a teaspoon of spice mixture in it.Repeat the same procedure with green chillies.
Heat oil in a pan and arrange the tindora pieces in a single layer .Sprinkle the spice powder if left any over it.Cook ,covered for 20-25 minutes or until done.
Stir in between to avoid sticking to the pan.
Remove from heat and serve hot with roti.


Serve-4 Cooking time-25 minutes

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#57

Best regards,
Sapana Behl

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  1. Thats a lovely recipe and will definitely try it , I make tindoras but never made stuffed ones , look great.

  2. Very different recipe. Looks delicious.

  3. Never tried stuffing tindora..sounds interesting...and nice that you have got used to your in laws cooking too ..:)

  4. I have never stuffed tindora as I feel there is very little stuffing which can fit in there :) But this sounds awesome.

  5. Very interesting stuffed tindora recipe Sapana. It looks so delicious. Thank you and your MIL for sharing the recipe.

  6. that must have been quite an adjustment - can't imagine not cooking without garlic though - these look great and I would definitely try it

  7. Quite an interesting bharvan tindora, will definitely give a try to it.

  8. A tasty bharvan tindora to have as a side dish.

  9. These look lovely. I am missing the tindoras as they don't seem to be available easily here.


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