Party Style!! Dondakaya Pakodi(Tindora Pakodi)

I have looked up the internet and came up with the common names by which Ivy Gourds are known in other languages as well as some interesting information about this vegetable.

  • Ivy Gourd, Gentleman’s Toes (English)
  • Dondakaya, Dondakai (Telugu)
  • Tondakayi (Kannada)
  • Vargoli (Hindi)
  • Tindora, Ghiloda (Gujarati)
  • Tondli, Tendli (Marathi)
  • Kovakkai (Malayalam)
  • Kovaikai (Tamil)
  • Goli (Rajasthani)
  • Kundru (Utter Pradesh)
There are many variations to the dondakaya fry, depending on the region its being prepared.Today’s recipe is Dondakaya Pakodi, a popular Andhra style preparation, where the finely sliced gherkins are infused with a tempering of fresh curry leaves and mustard seeds and stir fried . This is a party style Recipe


For pakodi:

Dondakayalu / Tondli / Ivy Gourds Slices 1 1/2 cups

Corn flour 2 tbsp

Gram flour 3 tbsp

Gingergarlic paste 1 tbsp

Chilli Powder 2 tsp

Turmeric 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil for Deep Fry

For Seasonings:

½ tsp mustard seeds

5 fresh curry leaves

Onion 1

Green Chili 3 Sliced

Fresh Coconut 1/2 cup

salt to taste

1 tbsp oil

Roasted Cashews (garnish)

For Pakodi Preparation:

  1. Wash the dondakayalu and nip the tip and tail ends. Slit each gherkin into two, length wise, as shown in the picture and slice them into thin long strips.
  2. In a Mixing Bowl add Sliced Tindora, Corn Flour, Gram Flour, Salt,Ginger garlic paste,Chili Powder,Turmeric mix well Without adding water keep it side 15 min
  3. Then Deep fry it
For Seasoning:-
  • Add oil in the pan and heat it till hot. Reduce to medium flame and add the mustard seeds,jeera let them splutter. Add the curry leaves ,stir them till the aroma come out.
  • Then add sliced onions,green chlii fry 2 min
  • Then add Coconut fry another 3 min.
  • And Lastly add Tindora pakora Stir and mix well
  • Finally adjust the salt and garnish with roasted cashews. Serve hot with steamed rice,Dal,Sambar.


Anonymous September 12, 2009 at 4:43 AM  

Hi Soujanya.. THanks for posting this.. I tried this and turned out to be great!!

It was great feast after a long time with your posting..

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