Tindora Pulao | Ivy Gourd Pilaf Recipe

Tindora Pulao | Ivy Gourd Pilaf Recipe

We all love one pot meal, don't we?  I know most of you going to say yes.  So here is another easy and different pulao withTinora/Ivy gourd/Kundru using our very own pressure cooker.  If I don't have enough of tindora in hand to make a curry by itself then I do either dal, or pair it up with anything else like I did with badi sabzi or sometimes I do this pulao - easy, quick and delicious done in less than 30 minutes for me it's a perfect for weekend when I don't feel like cooking much which is happening too much these days! For dinner or lunch box it's a great option too.  And before moving on to the recipe - Wishing All Happy Chinese New Year, may the year of Snack be more joyful.  Gong Xi Fa Cai

Ingredients for Tindora (Kundru) Pulao

Rice - 1 1/2 Cup [ I used Sona Masuri]
Ivy Gourd/Tindora/Kundru - 1 Cup [sliced]
Onion - 1
Green Chilli - 3
Minced Ginger-Garlic - 1/2 tbsp [or used ginger-garlic paste]
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Briyani Masala/Garam Masala- 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Water - 2 1/2 Cups
Cilantro - 1 tbsp chopped

For Tempering
Oil - 2 tbsp
Bayleaf - 1
Cinnamon - 1/2" piece
Mace - 1 small piece
Star Anise - 1
Cloves - 2
Shahi Jeera - 1 tsp [or use cumin seeds]

For Garnish [optional]
Granted Coconut - 2 tbsp
Cilantro Chopped - 2 tbsp


1. Wash and  Soak rice in water for 20 minutes or until needed. [I normally soak rice first then do cuttings and start preparing pulao]
2. Chop onion, slice green chilli.  Cut both edges of tindora and slice in roundels or cut it into 4 pieces.
3. Heat oil in pressure cooker add all the ingredients under 'for temper' and saute until jeera cracks.  Add minced ginger-garlic and saute until golden brown.

4.  Add onion, chilli and cook until onion becomes soft.

5. Add ivy gourd and saute for 3 minutes.  Add red chilli and turmeric powder and saute for a minute.

6  Now add rice and saute for 2 minutes. Add water, salt, briyani masala or garam masala, cilantro and mix well.  Close cover and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
7. Once pressure released gently mix rice with fork and garnish with cilantro and coconut.

Serve warm with any raita of your choice, pickle etc.

Have a nice day ~~
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  1. nice pilaf..loved the 3rd pic..looks perfect n yumm

  2. Love one pot meal.. But have never tried with tindora.. Sure it does look delicious and inviting..

  3. Drooling here .....looks yummy and love the clicks too !!!
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  4. Wow really tempting me a lot..Tindora my fav veggie...pls pass the plate:)

  5. Looks delicious...I make rice with tindora too...love it..

  6. Pulao looks attractive and one more recipe to try with tindora.

  7. That's very interesting with tindora...Looks very yum

  8. My amma loves tindora... will try this for her soon. Nice one

  9. Innovative pulao with ivy gourd.. looks delicious..

  10. wow...
    love the way of making pulao with tindora.
    nice recipe priti :)

  11. Delicious & inviting pilaf..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. too good.. of using this humble veggie in a yummy pulao..

  13. i just love these tndora very much..the pulao looks really yummy and inviting

  14. Very nice idea, pictures are so good


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