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Tindora Curry (Daal) Recipe

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Little gourd/tindora being high in water content is easy for toddlers to chew. This simple recipe contains little gourd and protein-rich lentils.
Author Mukta Tikekar


  • 100 grams tindora/tondli/little gourd approx. 1 cup of chopped tindora
  • 6 tbsp yellow moong daal split yellow gram
  • Half tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/5 th tsp asafoetida hing
  • 1/5 th tsp turmeric powder haldi
  • 1-2 tbsp grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp goda masala
  • Approx. 1 tbsp jaggery
  • Pinch of red chili powder optional
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander optional
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash moong daal properly and soak it in some water. (This will help it cook faster. Also, if you are using non-organic daal, it'll help get rid of water-soluble pesticides.)
  • Cut each tindora length-wise in four parts. (Cut off the two ends of the tindora first.)
  • Heat the pan of a cooker and add oil. (Since I make this daal/sabzi for 2 people only, I make it in less quantity. I use a small cooker for cooking 100 grams tindora and daal.)
  • When oil is hot, add cumin seeds, hing, and haldi.
  • Add tindora and sauté for a minute.
  • Add moong daal and mix it properly with the tindora.
  • Add goda masala, chili powder, jaggery, and salt, and mix it well.
  • Sauté for a minute and then add a cup of water.
  • Cover the cooker pan with its lid.
  • Cook on low flame for approx. 7-8 minutes. (3-4 whistles) Cooking time for the vegetable will vary depending on its freshness. So if you feel the tindora is not cooked properly, cook it for some more time.
  • After the steam settles, take off cooker's lid and add grated coconut.
  • Cook on medium flame for 4-5 minutes and then add chopped coriander. (Toddlers find it difficult to chew raw coriander. I did not feed the chopped coriander I've used for garnishing the daal in the picture.)
  • Cook for another minute and then turn off heat.(If the tindora has not softened enough, cook for a bit longer.)
  • Serve the tindora curry with hot chapatis topped with homemade ghee.


If you are preparing this tindora curry for babies who haven't begun to chew properly yet:
Mash the tindora pieces properly.
Use powdered cumin seeds (jeera powder) instead of whole seeds.
Don't add chili powder and coriander.