Ivy Gourd Gojju

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This is submitted as an entry to the Regional Cuisine of India Contest

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This is submitted as an entry to the Regional Cuisine of India Contest

Ivy gourd in english is Thendle in konkani and Thondekai in Kannada. It is available after the rainy season for about 6 months in a year. Most of the people here grow in their own kitchen garden. We get 3-4 varieties of Ivy gourd here. I have already put up tendle thalasani, spicy delicious dish on this blog long long ago ! Today I would like to put up this Gojju which is usually prepared with the tender ivy guard. These fresh tender gourds are from our garden itself. It is an easy dish for starters and a summer delight !

What you need to have:

1. Fresh tender Ivy guard – 2 cups

2. Green chillies –  1-2

3. Fresh grated coconut – 2 Teaspoons

4. Tamarind – A pinch

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

2. Asafoetida powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

3. Cumin seeds – 1/2 Teaspoon

4. Curry leaves – 2 strands

5. Red chilli – 1

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Fresh tender Ivy guard

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Ingredients of Ivy guard Gojju

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and chop ivy gourd fine and discard the ripe ones among them before cooking. Cook it in the cooker along with the green chillies adding a pinch of salt so that it is not over cooked. Grate coconut as well and keep it aside.

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Cooked Ivy guard with Green chillies

2. Cool the cooked ivy gourd and just squeeze the chillies and tamarind in it. Add sufficient quantity of water to bring it to the required consistency.

3. Check for salt and add if necessary. Add grated coconut to it at this stage.

4. Place a spatula with 2-3 Teaspoons of cooking oil in it on the flame. On heating, add mustard seeds to it. When it sputters add cumin seeds, Asafoetida powder, red chilli pieces and finally curry leaves to it.

Season it to the dish immediately. Ready to serve Ivy guard gojju is as shown in the image below. Serve with rice and Rasam .

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Ivy guard Gojju

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Number of serves: 4-5 people


12 thoughts on “Ivy Gourd Gojju

    Cilantro said:
    July 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Have`nt made curry with the Ivy gourd. I always made fry with them, have to try your recipe soon.

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm

      Hi Cilantro,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. You have a beautiful site with interesting recipes.

    Ramya Kiran said:
    July 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Hi, just visited your blog and loved it. You have a wonderful collection of recipes.. Will be trying your sabudana idlis tomorrow.. Will let u know how it turns out.

    Have a great day.

    prathibalrao responded:
    July 22, 2009 at 2:37 am


    Nice to hear from u. Do pass on the link to your friends. Thanx a lot.

    Supriya said:
    July 22, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Prathibha,
    This is a very nice recipe from tendli. I usually use it for making sasam, upkari, talasan or sambars. Love the way you present the recipes with detailed step by step procedure with lot of patience.

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 23, 2009 at 3:59 am

      Hi Supriya,

      Tendli gojju is prepared in combination with even masala curd rice which would be a good combo!!!!

    suparna said:
    July 24, 2009 at 8:36 am

    hello pacchi,
    sorry to have missed a couple of ur posts.
    After reading the jackfruit idli post …I was on a jackfruit merri-go-round 😉 I too made idlis and garayi 🙂
    coming to ur post …I love the pictures …the tendlis super fresh.
    I make only ambat and upkari,talasani from tendli…this one is a welcome recipe 🙂
    I’d give a try next time I buy tendlis.

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 25, 2009 at 8:22 am

      Hi Suparna,,

      Hope we meet sometime in our lifetime. Tendli gojju is easy and if in ur pantry can be prepared instantly as it needs no extra ordinary items.

    daksh said:
    July 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    hmmm its gud, but i wished i cud get som curry recipe for rice

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm

      Hi Daksha,

      I have already put up curry recipe and the link for the same is here.
      http.//cuisineindia.wordpress.com2007/10/13 Tendle thalasani.

    V.T.Nair said:
    November 2, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Is its consumption affect IQ power adversely ?

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Hi V.T.Nair,

      Here in the so called developed south canara district of karnataka this veggie is grown in most of the kitchen garden for 9 months of a year and consumed too except for 3 months in the rainy season. I have no idea about this…..

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