Goan Tendli Bhaji Recipe

Goan Tendli Bhaji is a mildly spiced Ivy Gourd Curry that tastes perfect with roti/hot rice accompanied with Dal of your choice. You can also pack this in your Lunch Box.

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Goan Tendli Bhaji Recipe
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Today’s post 'Tendli Bhaji Recipe' is one comforting dish made from steamed Ivy gourd that is very popular in Goa. This mildly spiced Ivy Gourd curry tastes perfect with roti/hot rice accompanied with some Dal. Do try this easy healthy dish and we are sure you will like it.

Serve Goan Tendli Bhaji along with Goan Chana Ros, Steamed Rice and Phulka for an everyday meal.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Goan Recipes for your everyday meals:

  1. Goan Style Mushroom Vindaloo Recipe
  2. Goan Style Tonak Alsanyache Recipe
  3. Goan Mushroom Xacuti Recipe

Cuisine: Goan Recipes
Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

15 M

Total in

25 M


4 Servings


  • 250 grams Tindora (Dondakaya/ Kovakkai)
  • 1 Onion
  • Oil , as required
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh coconut , grated
  • Curry leaves , a few
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Goan Tendli Bhaji Recipe

  1. To begin making the Goan Tendli Bhaji Recipe, wash the ivy gourd and cut off the ends. Slit them lengthwise in quarters.

  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add cumin seeds and curry leaves.

  3. Add onions and saute till golden. Add Ivy gourd, salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Toss the veggies to mix with the tempering. Keep sauteing for a couple of minutes on medium heat.

  4. Add salt and about 1/2 cup of water and mix everything well. Now cover and cook in low heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until the ivy gourds are tender.

  5. Make sure not to overcook the Tindora though. The Tindora should be soft but slightly crunchy.

  6. Add grated coconut and allow all the water to dry up with stirring. Check for salt and adjust spices if needed, allow to sit for a minute and switch off. Goan style tendli bhaji is ready.

  7. Serve Goan Tendli Bhaji along with Goan Chana RosSteamed Rice and Phulka for an everyday meal.