Tindora, which is also known as Ivy Gourd in English is a delicious vegetable that you can use for your everyday cooking. In South India, it is also known by the name of Dondakaya, Tendli, Manoli and Kovakkai. It is usually grown in the Southern Part of Kerala, therefore it is a part of their everyday meals very often. This vegetable is also popular in Bengali, where they call it Kunduri. Not only in India, it is widely used in Thai cuisine too.
This vegetable can be made in different ways. You can chop/slice it and stir fry it with different masalas or you can stuff masala in tindora and cook it in a tomato, curd or cashew based gravy. Here, we have included some easy and delicious recipes from different parts of India which you can include in your everyday meals. You can also pack them in your Lunch Box along with Paratha/Phulka/Steamed Rice and a Raita or Salad of your choice.
Not only Tindora is tasty to eat, it also has many health benefits:
- It is good for people with diabetes. Tindora helps to improve the glucose tolerance and it may help in lowering the blood sugar level.
- It also helps to prevent obesity and treats fatigue.
- Tindora is considered to be good for digestion. It also helps to prevent to accumulation of Kidney stones.
- Strengthens your bones and promotes bones health.