Tinda Kootu | Tinda Curry ~ South Indian Thali

>>  Sunday, May 27, 2012

For the fifth day I have another thali to share, which is again an everyday Lunch meal. We ended up making so many dishes that day, because we had overload of vegetables and there was a serious case of them getting rotten. So to save them, we ended up cooking a storm and eating them overtime.

And since it was a bland food for me for a week, Amma said she would do it and this was the result. Seeing so many curries and kootus I had to ask what all went in. I liked the Kootu that she had made, she said she cooked with a new vegetable and forgot what the vendor called it.

The kootu was very good, naturally I had to make it again. So I asked her for the vegetable name. I even told her that she can give me hints and I can search over the web. Within couple of secs I was able to land in the right place and showed her the picture. She was excited that I found the vegetable so quickly.

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We read on it extensively and came to know it was called Indian Apple Gourd. Tinda in hind, and is mostly grown in North and quite a common vegetable in Punjab. Amma said that since she was going again the same day she would clarify the name with the Vendor. I didn't comment anything on that and let her to ask.

I was all curious myself and called her the moment she came back from the shop. With a sheepish smile, she said what happened at the shop. She asked the vendor and pat came the reply, "Aadu Linda Madam" (That's Linda Madam). Amma didn't know how to react and said had I not told her what it is actually called, she might have assumed so..:)

Now coming to the Linda Kootu, it's such an healthy and hearty kootu. We have got Tinda again and make Kootu with Moong. If you haven't tried Linda Kootu, then I strongly suggest you do!

After all Linda, oops Tinda is very tasty!

Tinda Kootu
Tinda Kootu
Tinda Kootu

Ingredients Needed:

Tinda / Indian Apple Gourd - 1, chopped into small pieces.
Split Yellow Moong dal / Pesarapappu = 1/2 cup
Onions - 1 small
Tomato - 1 medium
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Salt to taste


Curry Leaves few
Dry Red chilies - 3
Mustard Seeds, Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp

How to make the Tinda Kootu

Wash and peel the outer skin from the Tinda, chop into small pieces.

Wash the split yellow moong dal, take it in a pressure cooker along with tinda, cumin seeds, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, salt with a cup of water. Pressure cook for couple of whistles.

Once the pressure falls, remove the lid. In an another pan, heat with oil. Add mustard seeds, urad dal. When it splutters, add broken dry red chilies, curry leaves. Toss around and pour into the cooked dal. Mix well and bring to boil

Serve with Sambar and Rice.

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Shobha May 27, 2012 at 2:54 AM  

Linda-(Tinda)story was interesting...nice southern curry (kootu)version of the North Indian vegetable.

Priya May 27, 2012 at 3:11 AM  

Never tried tinda till now in my cooking, we get them rarely here,kootu looks super comforting.

vaishali sabnani May 27, 2012 at 7:06 AM  

Valli this Linda..oops!!..tinda veggie is one of our fav at home..and this version sounds quick n easy..will surely make it..hubby will be happy to eat a new version:))

Jayanthi May 27, 2012 at 9:38 AM  

I love tinda and I've always eaten it south indian the color of your kootu Valli...nice one.

The Pumpkin Farm May 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM  

nice linda story :). It is made very differently normally than the way you have made it, but this is very easy and is also pretty popular in the upper parts of maharashtra..we stuff it with roasted masala similar to brinjals or is indeed very tasty vegetable

PriyaVaasu May 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM  

You can even make curry with some onions and tomatoes valli, this veggie adds a unique taste to the dish!!!! i have tasted them once and loved that flavor, didn't know that we get tinda in chennai too!!!!!

Swati Sapna May 27, 2012 at 1:19 PM  

We get Tindas aplenty in Mumbai... but I have always considered it a very boring vegetable with no real flavour of its own! Now Tinda in a Kootu.... hmmm... interesting!

foodiliciousnan May 28, 2012 at 12:56 AM  

Interesting read! I hated tinda as a kid. But after moving to the south and rarely getting to eat it, it has become one of my favourites. I buy it whenevr i see it at the veg vendor in chennai. It taste wonderful in a normal curry on it's own or with tomato and onion as a side for rotis.

Pragyan May 28, 2012 at 4:13 AM  

Nice twist to Linda..oops, Tinda! That was funny. This looks so much more edible than the Tinda recipe in my undergrad mess which has made me avoid this veggie no matter what!

Sangeetha May 28, 2012 at 4:24 AM  

tinda kottu sounds yummy n i love your Thali...part, jamun looks too tempting...great effort Valli!!
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Cool Lassi(e) May 28, 2012 at 7:53 AM  

Hope you are feeling well. Now I want to see how that indian apple gourd looks like. I will be searching for it after I am done commenting here.

Suma Gandlur May 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM  

That thali looks inviting. I have never cooked with tinda though I have seen it at the grocery shops here.

Smitha May 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM  

haha...nice one....Linda kootu is surely tasty and delicious!

Nalini's Kitchen May 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM  

Nice Linda story....kottu looks so yummy,we get this veggie here and first time I thought it is parangipinchu(tender pumpkin),after cutting the the veggie only came to know its a different veggie,will try this kottu next time when i buy this veggie....

Pavani May 29, 2012 at 1:12 AM  

I'm going to look for tinda on my next Indian store visit. Kootu sounds delicious.

DivyaGCP May 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM  

Interesting story behind the kootu.. Kootu looks so delicious and comforting..

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Chef Mireille May 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM  

nice write up. I can imagine the scene at the market. will have to look for this veggie next time I am at Indian market

vegeyum July 10, 2016 at 2:59 PM  

I just read your story on Linda, errr, Tinda, Srivalli. It made me smile. Great story. Give my greetings to your Mum. xx

Srivalli July 10, 2016 at 5:57 PM  

Thanks Ganga..:)

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