Spice coated Kundru/Ivy Gourd


I can’t believe it’s already Friday! This week just flew by. Was I that busy? Why even worry, after all it’s almost weekend. And it’s not just any weekend, it’s Arvind’s Birthday tomorrow 🙂 🙂

Initially I was planning to throw a party, but my Man wants a quiet time just with me (blush blush!!) 😉 Ok, quiet time, which means we are eating at home, which mean I need to cook some of his favorites. I still can’t figure out what to cook, I just know what I am baking. Have tons of dishes going through my mind, so many favorites from my blogger friends! HUH!! Well, I have stored some of his favorite packed food in the refrigerator too.. you know, just in case !! To start with, I have to at least finish baking the cake.

Ok guys, I am going straight to my today’s recipe. Again, this is one of my 5 ingredients recipe. It doesn’t take any prep time and very minimal cooking time. This dish can be enjoyed as an appetizer or even as a side. This particular vegetable is called Kundru in Hindi and Ivy Gourd in English. It is a tiny little green color vegetable which grows aggressively on vines. I think it’s also called Tindora.. so many names!!

Besides sharing the dish with The 10 with 5 Challenge, I am also sharing it with Food Palette Series Green, A-Appetizers

Recipe # 7 for ‘ The 10 with 5 Challenge’


Spice coated Kundru/Ivy Gourd


  • A handful of Ivy Gourd/Kundru, I don't remember the measurement at all
  • 2 tbs cumin seed/ Jeera
  • 2 tbs fennel seed/ Saunf
  • 1 tbs carom seed / Ajwain
  • 1/2 tbs chilly flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • oil


  1. Slit the tiny Ivy gourds in half
  2. In a pan heat about 2 tbs oil
  3. Add the cumin seed, fennel seed, carom seed and chilly flakes and let them sizzle
  4. Add the ivy gourd, some salt and pepper
  5. Saute them till they become little tender and soft.
  6. Switch off the heat and serve hot.

How easy was that ? 🙂

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  • yummychunklet
    February 5, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    This dish looks great!

  • Mary
    February 5, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    I’ve not seen this before but it really does look delicious. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  • Kate @ Diethood.com
    Kate @ Diethood.com
    February 5, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    I’ve never heard of it, nor seen it, but if it’s good as that picture, I’d love to have it. 🙂

  • Sandra
    February 5, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    To tell you the truth I never saw this before! What you can substituted with? Looks like bout nutty or I am totally wrong 😀
    Looks stunning on the photo!

    • Sandra
      February 5, 2011 at 12:58 PM

      I meant bit nutty:))))))

  • briarrose
    February 5, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    What a pretty dish….I’ve never worked with ivy gourd before. I think I’m missing out. 😉

  • Heather @girlichef
    Heather @girlichef
    February 5, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    This looks beautiful and sounds fantastic. I’ve never actually seen ivy gourd, but I’ve just recently learned of it. I’m on the lookout for it!

  • torviewtoronto
    February 5, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    this looks easy and delicious thank you for linking this fabulous side dish

  • Krithi
    February 6, 2011 at 6:35 AM

    Great and simple recipe..

  • Priya
    February 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Simply delicious..

  • Rich
    February 7, 2011 at 5:10 AM

    Geez, those look delicious, then, don’t they? I think I’d be pretty happy with that being part of my birthday weekend menu!

  • charitha
    February 20, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Delicious and healthy one..never heard of this appetiser..good try and thanks for the entry