Saturday, 8 August 2015

Tondalichya Kacharya ~ Ivy Gourd Stirfry

Kacharya is a way of preparing crispy veggies, popular in Maharashtra. Tondalichya Kacharya is known for its simplicity. It's made with very few ingredients and which comes out delicious.

  • Tondli/Tindora (Ivy gourd)- 250 gm
  • Potato- 1 med (optional, you can omit the potato)
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida (hing)- ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Homemade mix masala - 3 tsp (or 1 tsp red chili powder + 2 tsp goda masala)
  • Goda masala- ½ tsp (optional)
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil- 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Fresh coriander, finely chopped- a handful
  • Fresh coconut, scraped- 2 to 3 tbsp


  • Wash and wipe tondali. Cut tondali into round slices. Peel the potato, cut in quarters, then slice thinly and wash again. 
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan or wok and add the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds crackle, add the cumin seeds. 
  • Add the asafoetida, turmeric powder and sauté on a low heat for few seconds. 
  • Add the tondli and potato slices, mix masala or chili powder+ goda masala and salt. 
  • Mix well, cover and cook on a low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally. 
  • Add coconut and coriander and mix well. 
  • Serve hot with chapati/roti or dal-rice.

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