dondakaya curry

Dondakaya Curry | Tindora Curry

By Swasthi on July 23, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Dondakaya Curry made in Andhra style is a simple side dish of ivy gourds cooked with onions, tomatoes and plenty of spices. Serve this simple, nutritious and healthy curry as a side, with Rice-Rasam, Rice-Sambar or simply with roti or chapati. While there are numerous ways to make this curry, this dondakaya curry is made in typical Andhra style.

dondakaya curry

Dondakaya Curry

Ivy gourd also known as Tindora, tendli, kovakkai and tondekayi in India, is a fruit of a vine grown in tropical climates. Dondakaya is the Telugu name for ivy gourd. It is an everyday vegetable cooked in Indian cuisine.

Various dishes like curry, chutney, stir fry and rice dishes are made with this veggie. This is one of the veggies well known for its laxative properties and its ability to normalize the blood sugar levels. So this is also eaten by people trying to control their diabetes. However more research is underway.

Dondakaya curry can be made in numerous ways. A lot of people also make this with a stuffing of spiced peanuts, coconut and chilies. My recipe is simple enough to make and needs no grinding of any masala. Basically it is a fast recipe which is also delicious and you would make this for a healthy and comfort home style meal.

I often make this curry and feel chopping ivy gourd takes some time as they are small. If your hands are large, holding these tiny gourds and chopping is really hard. I often chop these in a onion chopper that has a dicing attachment. A food processer with a slicing attachment also works.

But the slices won’t be of even sizes. Still that works. On occasions I even mince the ivy gourd and use in this recipe like the way I have used in this Dondakaya vepudu and Dondakaya chutney. We don’t mind the minced texture in the curry but love this way because it is so much faster and easier.

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dondakaya curry

Dondakaya Curry | Tindora Curry

This Andhra style dondakaya Curry is ivy gourds cooked with onions, tomatoes, spices and curry leaves. This easy and healthy side dish goes well as a side with rice-rasam, rice-sambar or with roti/chapati.
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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Diet : Gluten Free, Vegan

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 250 grams ivy gourd / dondakaya / tindora
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (optional)
  • 1 Pinch turmeric
  • 1 Pinch hing
  • 2 onions medium , finely chopped or sliced
  • 1 tomato large ripe , chopped (½ cup pieces)
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to suit your taste)
  • ¾ teaspoon garam masala powder or sambar powder (adjust as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped finely
  • teaspoon salt (or as needed)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons coconut Fresh or frozen grated or peanut podi (optional)


How to Make Dondakaya Curry

  • Add ivy gourds to a large pot filled with water. Add 2 teaspoons of rock salt and a few tablespoons of vinegar. Let them rest for 5 to 10 mins. Rinse them well under running water.
  • Nip off both the ends and chop them to desired size. An easier way is to slice them in a food processer (with a slicing attachment) or dice them in a onion chopper (with a dicing attachment).
  • Heat oil in a pan, Add mustard and cumin.
  • When the seeds crackle, add curry leaves, green chilies and hing.
  • When the curry leaves turn crisp, add onions and fry until they turn slightly golden.
  • Add tomato, salt and turmeric. Saute until they become mushy and blend well with onions.
  • Add ivy gourd and fry for 2 to 3 mins on a medium high heat. Add red chili powder and saute for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Cover and cook on a very low flame stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  • When the gourd is half cooked, add garam masala and saute for 2 mins. Taste test and adjust salt.
  • Cover and simmer until cooked & tender. Sprinkle coriander leaves and coconut. Stir well. Serve dondakaya curry with rice or chapathi.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Dondakaya Curry | Tindora Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.04g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Sodium 279mg12%
Potassium 365mg10%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 553IU11%
Vitamin C 56mg68%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi there, I have tried this recipe and it came out fabulous. I advise that it’s better to steam onions for about 1-2 mins and ivy guard for 4-5mins depending on the quantity in the microwave before adding it to the pan. That way it takes a lil less cooking time and still tastes nutritious. Also adding more tomatoes will also make the recipe tastier on overall.

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Hi Swasthi,, Thanks for the dondakaya curry recipe. I tried it and the curry turned out really good. Dondakaya takes a very long time to cook. So I sprinkled some water after sauting them and covered the pan with a lid. Green chillies are not included in the list of ingredients but shown in the method of preparation. It is stated in the recipe that the qty. indicated serves 25 persons. Please clarify. Thanks.