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Tindora Curry

Spiced with coriander and cumin, this tomato-coconut Tindora Curry is still quite mild ~ and, with a side of quinoa or rice, it makes for a delicious, easy, and quick vegetarian dinner.

Tindora Curry - this curry is so creamy and smooth, it isn't spicy hot, but so full of flavor! You are so gonna wanna make this curry - because I KNOW you are gonna love it!

Tindora (not to be confused with the dating app Tinder) is a cute little gourd that I walked by more times than the years Tinder (the app) has been around; and never thought to try – till yesterday! I know my memory isn’t what it used to be, but, I don’t recall coming across Tindora while I lived in Sri Lanka – even though it is said to be widely popular in the South Asian Subcontinent. After having seen so many people buy it by the bag-full at a South Asian store I frequent; curiosity got the better of me, and I brought home my own bag-full of this spiky, mini, cucumber look-alike.

Tindora

Of course, I cajoled my trusty friend, Google, to share more info about Tindora with me and was so surprised to find that this mild-tasting, bland, juicy, fruit off of a vine had a slew of health benefits. From being touted as a blood sugar regulator to an antioxidant to an immune system modulator, this little gourd had it’s share of accolades.

But, that’s not all. Google also directed me to the plethora of ways that Tindora can be enjoyed. I drooled for hours over dry curries, broth based curries, stuffed Tindora recipes, and pickled Tindora concoctions. I managed to talk myself out of torturing my taste-buds by perusing Pinterest for another hour, and actually taste-testing Tindora for myself. While it looks a lot like a mini cucumber, Tindora is a lot crunchier than cucumber and can be eaten raw or cooked. It seemed milder in taste than a cucumber – if that’s imaginable.

Tindora Curry - this curry is so creamy and smooth, it isn't spicy hot, but so full of flavor! You are so gonna wanna make this curry - because I KNOW you are gonna love it!

I decided to use a curry base I use often when trying to throw together a quick, easy and delicious curry together. I started off with a caramelized onion, grated ginger and garlic in a pot. I added in the Tindora at this point and then finished off my curry with tomato paste, coconut milk, coriander, cumin, paprika, and turmeric, and salt and pepper to taste. My daughter enjoyed this curry so much that she decided to tempt fate by eating it straight from the pan – saying, “sometimes plates can be so over-rated!

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What new veggie or fruit have you tried, or plan on trying this summer?
And, my daughter suggested I pose this next question to y’all – and that is: would you “swipe right” on this Tindora Curry if you saw it pop up on Tinder?  😆 

Tindora Curry - this curry is so creamy and smooth, it isn't spicy hot, but so full of flavor! You are so gonna wanna make this curry - because I KNOW you are gonna love it!

Tindora Curry

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Spiced with coriander and cumin, this tomato-coconut Tindora Curry is still quite mild ~ and, with a side of quinoa or rice, it makes for a delicious, easy, and quick vegetarian dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped Tindora
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic diced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 can tomato paste, 6 oz
  • 1 can coconut milk, 12 oz
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a pan and add in the onions
  2. Let onions caramelize (15 minutes or so), stirring so they don't burn
  3. Add in the garlic, ginger and Tindora and stir well
  4. Then add in the tomato paste and coconut milk and mix till well combined
  5. Add in the turmeric, cumin, coriander, paprika, salt and pepper and let simmer over a low flame for about 7 minutes
  6. Garnish with parsley and enjoy
Nutrition Information
Yield 4
Amount Per Serving Calories 220Saturated Fat 12.8gSodium 180mgCarbohydrates 11.3gFiber 3.5gSugar 6gProtein 3.5g

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Speaking of my daughter, I will be MIA for the rest of July to enjoy her company (and stop her from eating from pans) before she starts her senior year of high school, so I apologize ahead of time if I don’t visit y’alls space on the interwebs – but I will be sure to visit in August!
Till then, here’s hoping your July summer days are oh so happy!

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Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

This looks epic Shashi! I never had Tindora curry before and after seeing your recipe I know I need to try it asap!

Shashi

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

Mike!!! Hey!!!! Yes, yes! I found Tindora here in a South Asian Store - haven't seen it anywhere else though! I hope alls well with ya, my friend!

Harriet Emily

Wednesday 27th of July 2016

There's nothing I love more than a good curry like this! Yum Shashi! It looks so delicious. Love the mixture of tomato and coconut in the sauce. I can't wait to try your recipe!

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Wednesday 27th of July 2016

Ohhhh - that curry sauce has me swooning! I feel like I could plunge a fork right into that bowl! Delicious, my friend!!