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Tindora Stir Fry – Ivy Gourd Fry in Air Fryer

Tindora Stir Fry made in an Air Fryer. This dry Indian vegetable curry is full of delicious spices and perfect for dinner.

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Easy Vegetable Stir Fry

My mom used to make a variety of different stir fry curries like Paneer Jalfrezi for every day dinners. We used to eat it along with chutney, pickles, roti and rice.

These dry vegetable stir fry recipes also were good for tiffin or school lunches since they are easy to eat without reheating.

What Is Tindora ?

Tindora is known as the ivy gourd in English. You also see other names like Coccinia grandis, scarlet gourd and kowai fruit.

The tindora, a vegetable that comes from the pumpkin family, is available at most Indian grocery stores and is a popular ingredient in Indian cooking.

In Indian languages, it is called Tondali in Marathi, Kundru in Hindi, Donda Kaya in Telugu, Kovai in Tamil and Tonde Kayi in Kannada.

Typically grown in tropical climates, tindora is commonly used in everyday cuisine. It is a mini squash with a mild earthy nutty taste. It is rich in dietary fiber, phytonutrients, Vitamin A and C .

Crispy Ivy Gourd called Tindora made in air fryer to serve for Indian dinner.

Air Fryer Tindora Fry / Curry

This Tindora fry is my husband’s favorite. He also likes Stuffed Okra ( Bharvan Bhindi ) Initially I used to make these curries on the stove in a cast iron pan.

Once I started using the airfryer, I made them in the airfryer. All these crispy dry subzis come out so good in the air fryer, now it’s my go to method.

Making crispy food without deep frying in a lot of oil is so rewarding. I like guilt free eating. Plus you don’t need to actively keep stirring.. so the easy, quick and healthy method of air frying is surely a Winner !

I am using simple Indian masala ( spice mix ) to enhance the taste. You can use your favorite seasoning. Fresh tindora is easily available in most Indian grocery stores. Choose firm, green and smaller size.

As written, this recipe is Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and low carb keto friendly.

Tindora stir fry made in an air fryer.

Ingredients

Vegetables : Tindora. Fresh is preferred but you can also use frozen. I have used frozen tindora in air fryer and it cooks just as good too. I also use medium onion to enhance the flavor of the curry. Caramelized onion adds nice crisp and sweet taste to the subzi.

Spice Mix : Typical Indian curries use tempered oil called tadka. In air fryer I use oil ( typically avocado oil) with cumin and fennel seeds. Turmeric powder, red pepper powder, garam masala, chat masala add wonderful sultry spices. A hint of sweetness with brown sugar or jaggery. It also helps caramelize the vegetables. Fresh cut cilantro for garnish. If you don’t have chat masala easily available, use amchur powder or lemon juice.

Optional Garnishes and Toppings : You can further enhance this recipe by adding variety of additonal toppings. Roasted crushed peanuts, Sesame seeds, Shredded coconut, Ajwain ( carrom) seeds, Kasuri Methi ( dried fenugreek leaves ) are all good choices. You can also use chickpea flour or cornstarch to make the spices stick to the vegetables.

A bowl full of crispy tindora which is ivy gourd stir fry made in air fryer.

Instructions:

Prepare Tindora

  • Wash Tindora under cold tap water. Pat dry well to remove moisture.
  • Using a knife, cut Tindora into even thin slices. I like to cut it into disks. You can also cut it julienne style.

Season It

  • Put cut Tindora in a mixing bowl. Drizzle oil over it. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. It should coat the Tindora well.

Air Fry Seasoned Tindora

  • Spray the air fryer basket with some oil. Alternatively, you can use perforated parchment paper.
  • Arrange seasoned Tindora on the air-fryer basket. Do not overcrowd it. Try to keep it in a single layer.
  • Set the temperature to 375 °Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through for even browning.
  • Remove from the air-fryer. Garnish with optional toppings. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Process shot collage showing how to make Indian Ivy Gourd Stir fry using Air Fryer.

Stove Top Tindora Fry

Heat oil in a wok or sauté pan. Add cumin and fennel seeds. Let them sizzle for 1 minute.

Add tindora to it. Cook covered for 10 minutes on low to medium heat stirring in between.

Now add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well. Continue to cook for additional 5-7 minutes stirring frequently.

Tindora should be tender and slightly brown when done. Turn off the heat. Garnish the stir fry and serve warm. Enjoy!

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Crispy Ivy Gourd called Tindora made in air fryer to serve for Indian dinner.

Tindora Stir Fry - Ivy Gourd Fry in Air Fryer

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Learn to make a tasty tindora stir fry or a spicy tindora curry using an air fryer. This vegan Indian vegetable stir fry is full of delicious spices and perfect for dinner.

Instructions

    Prepare Tindora

    Wash Tindora under cold tap water.  Pat dry well to remove moisture. Using a knife, cut Tindora into even thin slices. I like to cut it into disks. You can also cut it julienne style.

    Season It

    Put cut Tindora in a mixing bowl.  Drizzle oil over it. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. It should coat the Tindora well.

    Air Fry Tindora

    Spray the air fryer basket with some oil. Alternatively,  you can use perforated parchment paper.

    Arrange seasoned Tindora on the air-fryer basket. Do not overcrowd it. Try to keep it in a single layer.

    Set the temperature to 375 °Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.  Shake the basket halfway through for even browning.

    Remove from the air-fryer.  Garnish with optional toppings.  Serve warm. Enjoy!

    For stove-top Tindora fry

    Heat oil in a wok or sauté pan.  Add cumin and fennel seeds.  Let them sizzle for 1 minute.

    Add tindora to it. Cook covered for 10 minutes on low to medium heat stirring in between.

    Add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir well. Continue to cook for additional 5-7 minutes stirring frequently.

    Tindora should be tender and slightly brown when done. Turn off the heat.  Garnish the stir fry and serve warm. Enjoy!

Notes

Optional Garnishes and Toppings

Roasted crushed peanuts, Sesame seeds, Shredded coconut, Ajwain ( carrom) seeds, Kasuri Methi ( dried fenugreek leaves ) work very well besides the spice mix mentioned above.

Air Fryer temperatures and timings vary depending on the brand and type of air fryer you are using. So use these guideline as a base and adjust accordingly.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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