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December 3, 2010

Tendlya Bhutti



Here is the dish I really wanted to send in to the RCI Udipi and Mangalore (how long ago was that?) event that Sia hosted. I just didn't make it in time. This dish is Mangalorean in every possible way. Amchi in every possible way actually. It has all the ingredients that amchis love: coconut, tamarind, jaggery, bedgi chillies and tendli! Though this is made with a little gravy (not much), I make it a little dry as S likes it that way. (Did you just buy that? Well... as always, I sauntered out of the kitchen with the dish on the stove and returned to almost no gravy!)


1 1/2 cups Ivy Gourd (Tendli/Kundru/Kovakkai/Dondekkai), sliced into discs
Salt and Jaggery to taste

For the masala:
3-4 Red Chillies (preferably Bedgi)
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
1/2 tsp Black Gram Dal (Udad Dal)
1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
4-5 Garlic Cloves
3 tbsp Coconut, scraped
2 tsp Tamarind Paste
1 tsp Oil

For the tempering:
1 tsp Oil
1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida

Heat oil in a kadhai. Add the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splutter, add the asafoetida. Add the ivy gourd pieces to the oil and fry for a minute. Add the salt and jaggery, mix well and cover and cook for 4-5 minutes.

In the meanwhile, heat the teaspoon of oil for the masala and fry the red chillies, coriander seeds, black gram dal, fenugreek seeds and garlic for a minute or two. Grind this to a paste with the coconut and the tamarind paste.

When the ivy gourd pieces are tender, add the ground masala to the vegetable and mix well. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the ivy gourd pieces are covered with the masala and the entire mixture is a little dry.

This is a dish that you can enjoy with chapatis as much as with some rice and dali-saar.

9 comments:

Mrs K said...

Raaga,this sounds and looks so yummy!!! btw the part where you mentioned you sauntered out of the kitchen and came back to find there was no gravy happens to me all the time:)

Priya Sreeram said...

good recipe !

SS blogs here said...

Looks delicious. Now I want tendle butti too!

Prathibha said...

This is quite new 2 me...looks interesting!!!

sanjeeta kk said...

Looks delicious and interesting.

Chitra said...

New.. interesting too :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow, that sounds delicious, I love kunduru and this paste you are putting in there makes it even more yummy !!!

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Its definitely new...is this an Udipi dish?

Sayantani said...

love kundru and this one looks very comforting.
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