Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Simple Everyday Tindora Sabzi / Thondekayi palya/ Ivy Gourd side dish

Simple things which kids say can take you by surprise and put you into the epitome of happiness. Waking up one fine spring morning, sunny boy comes at once and hugs me with a look of such great gratitude . Without me questioning he starts " You know mamma, you are the best. our are just THE BEST."

me :??

Sunny:Well... you not only are good to me in real world, even in my dreams when I am facing trouble , you come and comfort me. You are THE BEST!!
The above incidence has absolutely nothing to do with the recipe below ... I just shared that coz I wanted to :).
Well...kids are not fond of veggies. One trick I learnt was to scare them showing R's grey hair, telling them that the reason he has grey hair early in life is because he never had vegetables when he was their age. Can't believe, Kids are so conscious of their looks , they have improved a lot in the sabzi intake. But every time I serve the vegetables, invariably, the kids topic is always about how Pappa got grey hair early. This annoys R to the extreme. But this particular sabzi is liked by kids and R alike. Simple comfort food- Roti with Tindora sabzi/Thondekayi palya. Recipe follows.
  • Oil: 5-6 tblspn
  • Mustard seeds:1 tspn
  • Hing: a pinch
  • Garlic chopped: 2 big cloves
  • Onion chopped: 1 big
  • Tindora chopped: 4 cups(ends cut off and discarded and sliced round thin)
  • Red Chilli powder: 1 tspn or more as per spice tolerance
  • Coriander/Dhania powder : 1 tblspn
  • Turmeric powder:1/4 tspn
  1. Heat the oil in a pan. When moderately hot, add the mustard seeds and allow to crackle.
  2. Add the Hing, followed by the chopped garlic for half a minute or so.
  3. Add the chopped onion and stir fry until the garlic and onion turn light brown.
  4. Add the Tindora , stir and cook until the Tindoras are almost half cooked.
  5. Follow this by the spice powders : Turmeric, Coriander and Chilli powder and the salt.
  6. Stir to mix all the spices with the vegetables and cover and cook until done.
  7. Serve with Roti or Chapathi.
Note: Tindora needs to be cut into thin round slices for better taste. I will try and put up some pics soon to give a better idea :).