Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tindora(Ivy Gourd) Quinoa


Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and friends. I am sure every body would have started on their Thanksgiving menu and meal ideas already and  if you are still trying to figure out an option for the main course and which needs to be something nutritious, guilt free and something you don’t have to worry about after indulging. Then do include this high protein pseudo grain in menu.  Very easy to prepare and nutritious. Do try it out and let me know, how you liked it.

Ivy gourd(Tindora) can be found in Indian(Asian) stores and is very low in carbohydrate and in alternate medicine it is believed to regulate sugar metabolism. Looks like a small miniature cucumber and crunchy and crispy in taste.

Preparation Time – 15 Minutes

Cooking Time – 20 Minutes

Serves – 2


For the spice powder

Coriander seeds - 2 Tbsp

Split Channa Dal(Kadali paruppu) -1 Tbsp

Dry red chilies - 4 or as per taste

Cinnamon - 1 stick

Fennel seeds - 1 Tsp

Tamarind - 1 inch long piece

Coconut - 7 one inch pieces

Cooked Quinoa - 1 Cup

Tindora(Small gourd) – Around 12 to 15(Chopped into small pieces)

Turmeric powder - 1/2 Tsp

Salt - 1 Tsp or to taste

Coconut oil - 1 Tsp

Mustard seeds - 1/2 Tsp

Urad dal - 1 Tsp

Peanuts - 1 Tbsp

Chopped cilantro - 1 Tbsp

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1) Dry roast the ingredients given under the spice powder section until fragrant and once cool enough to handle, make a coarse to fine powder and keep this aside.

2) Heat the pan, add a tsp of oil and roast the peanuts till slightly brown, remove the peanuts and then add mustard seeds. After the seeds stop spluttering add the urad dal and leave it till slightly browned.

3) Now add the Tindora pieces, add the salt and turmeric powder and saute till well cooked. Cover and cook and this will take any where between 8-10 minutes. Now add half of the spice powder saute for a second and add the quinoa. Add one more tsp of oil and mix thoroughly.

4) Garnish with toasted peanuts and chopped cilantro and serve with raita(yogurt dip) of your choice.

Note – I made this spice powder and used up half of it to prepare Eggplant Quinoa and the used the rest in this dish. So based on the quantity required, half or double the spice powder measurement.



Raji said...

So healthy recipe. Love all your healthy recipes.Dish looks absolutely great.

Mythreyi said...

Love the Quinoa with Spices and tindora.. very healthy...

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Vatsala. said...

very healthy.
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Prathibha said...

nice n healthy recipe...looks delicious

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

What a lovely healthy recipe1 I love both tinda and quinoa... :)

Kaveri said...

A very healthy and interesting recipe...looks good

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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Happy Thanks giving to you dear and thanks for posting this nutritious and healthy dish

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Priya said...

Wat a wonderful looking tindora quinoa, cant wait to try..thanks for sharing Sadhana..

faseela said...

healthy recipe.....luks delicious

Charles said...

I think I've had ivy gourd before, but I can't remember where - I just know I loved it a lot, although it's really not easy to find in France unfortunately. I love quinoa - really healthy, and just as filling as something like pasta! Great dish :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

That's a new combo to me...looks yum...

Prathima Rao said...

This is a new & tasty combo!!!
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Kurryleaves said...

interesting recipe....

aipi said...

Yummy way to cook quinoa with all the spices n tindora, loved the recipe..

julie said...

Very delicious n filling recipe!!
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Shilpi Bose said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, unfortunately due to health problems I have not been very regular with my posts. Incidentally tindora is one of favourite veggies, nice recipe. Glad to follow you.

Miriam said...

Mmm, I love all of the flavor in this. Well done!
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sangee vijay said...

lovely preparation and a filling recipe too...looks great!!

PrathibhaSreejith said...

Great healthy quinoa recipe.
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Jay said...

tempting n healthy one..;)
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Vidhya said...

This sounds and looks yum.Will try this once I get hold of some ivy gourd.

Vardhini said...

New combo and looks yummy Sadhana.

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Uma said...

Like the healthy combo. I will sometime pack this for lunch too and see how it works. Thanks for sharing.

jen said...

seriously - you managed to make "quinoa" spicy ?

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