Spiced Ivy Gourd

by Kiran on March 13, 2015 · 9 comments

in Indian, Stir Fry, Vegetarian

It’s a BLAH Friday. So gloomy out here, which certainly explains my laziness to do anything at all. Even cooking. That’s when Maa’s easy and delicious recipes comes in handy.

This spiced ivy gourd takes literally minutes to cook! With the exception of making rotis and dal.


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Oriental or Chinese cooking is famous for “stir-frys”. Same can be said with some Indian recipes, mainly the side dishes. The slight crunch and bite from fenugreek seeds lends this stir-fry a little bitterness that’s absolutely delicious.

FYI — You can easily find ivy gourds or “kundru/tindora” and the rest of ingredients from your local Indian grocer.

Spiced Ivy Gourd | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
I pretty much blabber about the “weather” and “deliciousness” way too often over here, but it’s apparent that this dish is an absolute favorite.

Though, the same can’t be said about the weather.

Spiced Ivy Gourd | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food

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Serves 4 as a side dish


  • 12 oz ivy gourd, tips discarded & sliced lengthwise
  • 1.5 tbsp mustard oil
  • 3/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 2 green chilies, slitted
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 large garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Heat a medium large kadhai/wok on high. Add mustard oil and allow to smoke a little before turning down the heat to medium.
  2. Add fenugreek seeds, green chilies and turmeric powder. Stir and cook for 30 seconds before adding sliced ivy gourd.
  3. Turn the heat up to medium high and stir fry the gourds until it begins to blister. This should take a few minutes.
  4. Add salt and minced garlic, give it a stir, lower the heat and cover to soften the gourd. Stir in between as well.
  5. After a few minutes, check whether the gourds have soften or fully cooked.
  6. Serve immediately with a serving of dal, pickles, yogurt and salad.


Spiced Ivy Gourd | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
There’s a ton of benefits eating ivy gourds, fenugreek seeds, mustard oil and turmeric. A simple google search yields a lot more information.

Ciao and see you next week!

Have you tried ivy gourds before? Or fenugreek seeds for that matter?


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1 Rosa March 13, 2015 at 2:38 PM

I have never tried ivy gourds, but fenugreek seeds, yes (I love them).

A wonderful side dish.


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2 Juliana March 13, 2015 at 6:33 PM

This is such a nice recipe for a side dish…although I have never had this gourds…it sure sound very tasty!
Have a great weekend Kiran 🙂

3 Ash-foodfashionparty March 13, 2015 at 11:23 PM

The weather is just going crazy everywhere, hope it settles down. I love love tindora and meethi in sabzis, but never put it together. I’ll definitely try it next time.
Have a fantastic weekend.

4 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 14, 2015 at 7:43 AM

i have seen these at the store but never tried it.
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5 Raymund March 16, 2015 at 3:01 PM

This is the first time I heard of this vegetable, now I have to find where I can get this from where I am
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6 Lail | With A Spin March 18, 2015 at 3:01 AM

Oh, the simplicity of a quick yet delicious meal!
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7 Katerina March 18, 2015 at 6:02 AM

I have never tried anything like this but your pics make me want to taste these goodies!

8 Kitchen Belleicious March 18, 2015 at 7:39 AM

they look delicious and i love that they are so easy to prepare. It reminds me of edamamae which we absolutely love in this house. do they taste similar bc they look very similar?
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9 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ March 28, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Ivy gourd… love the name! This – together with your beautiful images – makes me totally want to try a vegetable I am completely new to.
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