Dondakaya Kura (Spicy Ivy Gourd Curry)

There are some vegetables that I really love, but rarely buy from Indian grocery like snake gourd (potlakaya), drum sticks, okra (bendakaya) and ivy gourd (dondakaya) to name a few. Few of them I avoid because they are too expensive and some of them require way too much time to chop. Ivy gourd falls into the second category and I generally don't buy it unless there I know I will have to chop and make the dish.

So this week, when I took a much needed day off from work, I bought fresh dondakaya from Indian grocery and took my sweet time to thinly slice them and make this curry. My husband loved it, so I'm glad that my time was well spent.

Dondakaya Kura (Spicy Ivy Gourd Curry)

Recipe courtesy of my dear neighbor in India who's my mom's best friend and a great cook. She can whip up a variety of dishes that are simple, but at the same time so unique and delicious. I made the dish exactly as aunty would make back home, I'm sure the steps can be consolidated, but I didn't take the risk since I didn't want to compromise on the taste that I remember.

Dondakaya Kura (Spicy Ivy Gourd Curry)
There are some vegetables that I really love, but rarely buy from Indian grocery like snake gourd (potlakaya), drum sticks, okra (bendakaya) and ivy gourd (dondakaya) to name a few. Few of them I avoid because they are too expensive and some of them require way too much time to chop. Ivy gourd falls...

Dondakaya Kura (Spicy Ivy Gourd Curry)

Summary

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  • Courseside dish
  • Cuisineandhra
  • Yield3~4 serving s 3~4 serving
  • Cooking Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Preparation Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Total Time1 hourPT1H0M

Ingredients

Ivy gourd (Dondakaya) - thinly sliced (about 20-25 medium sized)
4 cups
Red onions - medium, thinly sliced
2
Ginger+garlic paste
½tsp
Curry powder (I use my mom's curry powder)
1tsp
Turmeric
½tsp
Salt
to taste
For Tempering:
Chana dal
1tsp
Urad dal
1tsp
Cumin seeds
1tsp
Mustard seeds
1tsp
Curry leaves - few

Steps

  1. Heat 2tbsp oil in a medium saute pan; add the chopped ivy gourd and turmeric. Mix well; cover and cook on medium-low flame, until the pieces are tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. In another saute pan, heat 1tbsp oil and add the tempering ingredients. Once the seeds start to splutter, add onions and saute until lightly browned around the edges. Add the ginger+garlic paste and cook for another minute or until it does not smell raw anymore.
  3. Once the ivy gourd pieces are almost tender, add the sauteed onions, curry powder and salt. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes. 
Serve with steamed white rice and dal. I had ours with some menthi majjiga (fenugreek spiced buttermilk) for a simple lunch.
Dondakaya Kura (Spicy Ivy Gourd Curry)

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for Day 3 of BM# 18.

Dondakaya Kura (Spicy Ivy Gourd Curry)
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