What all dishes do you prepare with Tendli?I love this vegetable but i have eaten and prepared this only one way my entire life,Tendli potato and cashew upkari.No doubt this dish is delicious but now am bored to prepare it .I want change.I remember seeing Tindora pickle in the Indian grocery store.I used that idea for preparing this Finger licking,Lip smacking SPICY AND TANGY TENDLI. You know what can really enhance the flavor of this dish even more? A CLAY POT. Yes thats the best way to prepare this dish, in a clay pot .But no worries if you dont have one you can use any vessel.
Tendli/Tindora - 25-30 nos,slit crosswise ,not fully
Onions - 1 medium size, finely chopped
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Garlic - 1 tbsp
Kashmiri chilli pdr - 2 tbsp ( for color and not too spicy)
Coriander pdr - 1 tsp
Green chilli - 3 nos, slit
Asafoetida - a big pinch
Curry leaves - 1 whole sprig
Rice pdr - 1 1/2 tsp,just for thickening
Tamarind concentrate - 2-3 tbsp (depending on how tangy u want it)
Salt to taste
First we need to brown the tendli's on the outside.For that heat some oil in a large pan.Put the tendli's in the pan,add some salt and stir.The heat should be on medium high otherwise it will simply steam and not brown and also make sure you use a wide pan.The tendli's just has to be brown on the outside need not be fully cooked.Ones brown keep aside.
Heat 1 t bsp oil in a clay pot.Add mustard seeds.Ones it starts to pop add urad dal,curry leaves,green chilli and garlic.Stir for a minute.Now add the chopped onions and some salt.Saute until its soft and translucent.Add turmeric pdr,kashmiri chilli pdr, coriander pdr and rice pdr.If needed sprinkle some water.Stir for a min then add the tamarind concentrate and the browned tendli's.Now add just enough water to cover the tendli's.Check for salt.Cover with a lid and let it simmer(cook on low) for 15-20 mins or until the tendli's are soft and tender.Serve warm with hot steaming rice or kanji.