Tendli Masala Recipe

Tendli Masala
Tendli Masala

Tendli Masala Recipe is a popular Gujarati delicacy made with Tendli, which is called Tindora in Hindi. This dish is recommended by one of my Gujarati Friend. She told me a couple of Gujarati Recipes and I tried them at my home, these recipes have come out really good and tasty, so I thought to share with all of you.

Tendli is the Marathi and Konkani term. In English it is known as Ivy Gourd or Gherkins. There are a variety of recipes from all over the world, which are made form ivy gourd as the main ingredient. It is often compared to bitter melon. This vegetable is commonly eaten in Indian cuisine. People of Indonesia and other southeast Asian countries also cook it in their own style. In Thai cuisine it is one of the main ingredients of the Kaeng khae curry. Cultivation of Tendli in home gardens has been encouraged in Thailand, because it is a good source of several micronutrients, including vitamins A and C. It has several medicinal properties as well. It’s flower is called as Coccinia grandis. Read more about Tendli Vegetable at Wikipedia.

Tendli Masala or Tondli Masala is generally served with Dal and Chapati. Tendli Masala Recipe is extremely easy and simple to cook, and you can serve it as a side dish with lunch or dinner. If you want, you can pack it up for the Lunch Box or School Tiffin as well. Tendli can be cooked with or without adding potatoes, it always tastes good. Today I have cooked only Tendli and soon going to post this dish with potatoes and some more twists. Let’s start making our comfort Indian dish called as Tendli Masala Recipe step by step. For complete list of Tendli Masala Recipe Ingredients and step by step method, please refer to recipe snippet below. You can also take a printout from our Recipe Snippet.

Tendli Masala Recipe – Step by Step

Chop the tendli lengthwise into 2 or 4 pieces. Tendli Masala Recipe step 1Slit green chilies and make the slices of tomato.Tendli Masala Recipe step 2Heat oil in a pan and add few curry leaves and saute the Cumin Seeds till they start spluttering.

Tendli Masala Recipe step 3Add chopped tendli. Tendli Masala Recipe step 4Now mix in chopped ginger and garlic. Cook it for few minutes on low flame and then mix in red chili powder, turmeric powder,  coriander powder, amchur powder and garam masala powder.Tendli Masala Recipe step 5When Tendli is almost done, then add sliced tomato and slitted green chilies. Mix well and cook for 2 more minutes.

Tendli Masala Recipe step 6Tendli Masala is ready to serve with hot Indian Chapatis.Tendli Masala1

How to make Tendli Masala Recipe:

Tendli Masala Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 225

Fat per serving: 21.5g

Tendli Masala Recipe

Tendli Masala Recipe is the popular Gujarati Side dish made with Tendli or Tondli and Spices. It can be made with or without Potatoes to serve with Chapati.


  • 300g Tendli/Tindora/Ivy Gourd/Gherkins
  • 2 green chilies, slited
  • 1 big tomato, sliced
  • Few curry leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (whole jeera)
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Clean the tendlis in water, wipe then with dry kitchen towel and chop the tendli lengthwise into 2 or 4 pieces.
  2. Slit 2 green chilies and slice 1 big tomato as well.
  3. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan and add few curry leaves and about 1 tsp of cumin seeds. Saute the seeds on low flame, till they start spluttering.
  4. Add chopped tendli along with 1 tsp of chopped ginger and garlic. Keep the flame low and keep on stirring for even cooking of tendli. Cook it for 4-5 minutes and then mix in 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 3/4 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp amchur powder and 1/2 tsp garam masala powder.
  5. Keep cooking for 2-3 minutes on low flame and then cover the pan. Now leave the tendli to cook for 2-3 more minutes, till it tenders.
  6. Add sliced tomato and slitted green chilies and mix well. Taste the seasoning and adjust the spices as per your taste.
  7. Cook for 2 more minutes and do not allow the tomato turn mushy, we need the whole pieces of tomato for better taste. Your tendli masala is now ready to serve.


You can make this Tendli Masala Recipe with potatoes as well, it tastes good. Tendli can be trimmed and chopped into roundels too. For more flavors, you can add fresh grated coconut.


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