Kunduri Fry | Dondakaya Vepudu is a popular Andhra style stir-fry recipe. Andhra Food is known for its simplicity and abundant use of seasonal vegetables. This recipe is one good example to it. There are many variations in making this fry. The one I am sharing with you today is simple, spicy and is often served with hot steamed rice and dal (sambar) or rasam. Believe me, the combination of spicy kunduri fry, dal and rice is the best comfort food ever.
What is Kunduri called in English?
One vegetable, many names. Kunduri is a famous vegetable in North and South India. Tender green, short and blunt vegetable, sometimes with white lines is abundantly available vegetable in Andhra regions. The scientific name of Kunduri is Coccinia Grandis and Kunduri is called in other languages as,
Dondakaya – Telugu
Tindora | Ghiloda – Gujarati
Tindora – Hindi
Tondekayi – Kannada
Kovakkai – Tamil
Kundru | Kowai | Kovai | Kovakka | Manoli | Tindla | Gentleman’s Toes | Tendli | Thendli | Thainli | Ivy Gourd | Little Gourd are different names given to this humble vegetable.
Nutrition in Ivy Gourd
Ivy Gourd has a mildly flavored flesh with a lots of flat seeds. These seeds are soft and get cooked along in the recipe. Though this is available in abundance, people rarely cook it because there is no distinct taste of this vegetable. But when cooked with well balanced spices, this vegetable is one of the tastiest one. Some of the nutritional benefits of this are,
- Ivy Gourd are fabulous mix of complex carbohydrates, fibre, and a vast array of A, B and C vitamins.
- This is quite a valuable source of micronutrients.
- Ivy gourd is often recommended to diabetics due to its low glycemic index and its possible ability to help regular blood glucose.
- These are also is rich in beta-carotene and minerals.
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Kunduri | Dondakaya Fry With Peanuts
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Summer and also time for simple meals. My idea of simple meal is always dal, chawal and any sabzi, mostly stir-fry along papad, achar and dahi. Bliss, isn’t it? This kunduri fry with roasted peanuts is ultimate side dish recipe to go with hot rice and dal on any day. In this recipe, the subtle taste of kunduri is perfectly balanced with spices. Roasted peanuts will add crunch and protein to the recipe.
- ½ kg Kunduri | Tindora | Ivy Gourd
- 2 Onions, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. Red chili powder
- 1 tbsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
- ½ tbsp. Turmeric powder
- ½ tbsp. roasted Coriander powder
- ¼ tbsp. roasted Cumin | Jeera powder
- 4 tbsp. Peanuts, roasted and coarsely ground
- Salt to taste
- For Tempering:
- 1 tbsp. Mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp. split black gram dal (urad dal | minapappu)
- 1 tbsp. Chana dal
- 1 dry Red chili
- 6-9 fresh Curry leaves
- 2 tbsp. Oil
How to make Spicy Kunduri Fry with Peanuts
- Wash and trim the ends of kunduri. Cut them into roundels. You can even slice them length wise.
- In a pan, add oil and drop all the ingredients listed under tempering one by one.
- When the aroma of the ingredients starts to release add onions, red chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger-garlic paste, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt.
- Fry lightly till the spices blend together. Now add cut kunduri pieces and stir well.
- Cover the pan with a lid and cook till kunduri is soft enough. Keep stirring in between to ensure even cooking.
- Toss in coarsely ground peanuts. Cover with a lid and turn off the flame.
- Serve after 10 minutes with steamed hot rice and dal.
- Add love to make this spicy kunduri fry taste 'YUMMY'.
Lubna's Serving Suggestion:
Not only kunduri fry, any stir fry like potato fry, carrot fry, beans fry, okra fry, etc.; can be served with hot rice, ghee and dal.
Kunduri Fry tastes best when served with hot rice, dal (tomato pappu, cucumber (dosakaya) pappu).
You can even serve this kunduri fry with sambar or rasam.
If in no mood or time to cook any other side-dish, then simply mix this stir-fry with rice and toss for 2 minutes in kadai and relish warm with pickle or papad.
Kunduri Fry mixed with rice is one of the best lunch box recipe too.
I sometimes, serve this ivy gourd fry with ivy gourd dal. I have given the link in the post. Do check it.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 814mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g