Cook's Hideout: Dondakaya Kura (Spicy Ivy Gourd Curry)

July 05, 2012

Dondakaya Kura (Spicy Ivy Gourd Curry)

There are some vegetables that I really love, but rarely buy from Indian grocery like snake gourd (potlakaya), drum sticks, okra (bendakaya) and ivy gourd (dondakaya) to name a few. Few of them I avoid because they are too expensive and some of them require way too much time to chop. Ivy gourd falls into the second category and I generally don't buy it unless there I know I will have to chop and make the dish.

So this week, when I took a much needed day off from work, I bought fresh dondakaya from Indian grocery and took my sweet time to thinly slice them and make this curry. My husband loved it, so I'm glad that my time was well spent.

Recipe courtesy of my dear neighbor in India who's my mom's best friend and a great cook. She can whip up a variety of dishes that are simple, but at the same time so unique and delicious. I made the dish exactly as aunty would make back home, I'm sure the steps can be consolidated, but I didn't take the risk since I didn't want to compromise on the taste that I remember.

Ivy gourd (Dondakaya) - 4 cups, thinly sliced (about 20-25 medium sized)
Red onions - 2 medium, thinly sliced
Ginger+garlic paste - ½tsp
Curry powder - 1tsp (I use my mom's curry powder)
Turmeric - ½tsp
Salt - to taste

For Tempering:
Chana dal - 1tsp
Urad dal - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Curry leaves - few

  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a medium saute pan; add the chopped ivy gourd and turmeric. Mix well; cover and cook on medium-low flame, until the pieces are tender, about 15 minutes.
  • In another saute pan, heat 1tbsp oil and add the tempering ingredients. Once the seeds start to splutter, add onions and saute until lightly browned around the edges. Add the ginger+garlic paste and cook for another minute or until it does not smell raw anymore.
  • Once the ivy gourd pieces are almost tender, add the sauteed onions, curry powder and salt. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes. 
Serve with steamed white rice and dal. I had ours with some menthi majjiga (fenugreek spiced buttermilk) for a simple lunch.
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for Day 3 of BM# 18.


  1. Very nice. I love this vegetable but not cutting it.

  2. Tindos..yes thats what we call them here..they look very nice..I like the addition of onions and garlic paste...will make in the similar way next time..this is one veggie which we make twice a week atleast!!

  3. Thats a quick and delicious curry, wonderful side dish for curd rice.

  4. Nice curry and that menthi majjige looks inviting :)

  5. Wow very tempting that spread pavani mentimajjiga and dondakaya kura yumm mouthwatering here.

  6. Anytime comfort curry with rice

  7. I also hate chopping tindora but wouldn't mind finishing off that bowl.

  8. Dondakaya surely takes time..looks good..

  9. You really must have had the time to cut them up so finely..My mom does it this way but I like mine like thin discs! He He.. Great curry! Should go well with thayir saatham (curd rice)!

  10. Looks delicious. My mom makes it with yogurt.
    Nice one.


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