Stuffed Tinda / Gutti Dondakaya – Andhra Special

Stuffed Tinda / Gutti Dondakaya – Andhra Special

Stuffed Kovaikkai:(Andhra Special)

Kovakka Nirachadhu. Gutti Dondakaya. Stuffed Tinda. Stuffed Tindora. Bharwa Tindora.

My Mommy never bought nor prepared Tinda at home. As a child never saw this vegetable. My whole life was from hostel to hostel and mess to mess. I sometimes really missed how the food tastes at home:(

When I was in Tamil Nadu hostel…I used to hate this vegetable, used to be angry at the mess boys saying ‘eppavume kovaikkai sambhar thaana:(‘ (always tinda sambhar’ eh).

My attitude completely changed when I moved to Hyderabad. I understood that this is such a delicate vegetable. Its all in the hands of cook, right. Typical Andhra meals are hot and spicy, which indeed turned me a foodie, later. My cooking passion also got shaped slowly. Stuffed Tinda is one of delicacy there, with myriad flavors.


Kovaikai/tinda/dondakai 1/4 kilo
Ginger-garlic paste
Onion paste
Chili powder
Sesame oil few spoons.

To be Toasted and Powdered:

Coriander seeds 2 spoons
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Pepper 1/2 spoon
Cloves 2
Cinnamon 1 stick
Poppy seeds 1/2 spoon
Sesame seeds 2 spoons
Dry red chilies 5
Dry coconut 2 spoons.


Slit the veggie twice and boil them for 10 minutes.

In a wide wok, heat oil and fry ginger-garlic and onion…add the spices to it. Now puree them.

Stuff the above masala in the vegetable.

Once again, heat oil in a wide wok…add these stuffed vegetable and stir-fry over high heat. Once the oil shows up on the sides plus the raw odour of the masalas are gone, its done.

Serve to go with your rotis or plain steamed rice.


26 Responses so far.

  1. i love this vege ..this one is really new to me..thanks malar ..
    in all hostel they serve same style curry everyday.we also have beans stirfry almost all day.that time beans was my enemy..

  2. Dolly says:

    OMG Malar–They have turned out amazing..I will surely make these stuffed tinda..Alywas enjoy reading ur intro. I’ve got to confess though..Ut too quick for me..I’m impressed by ur post i guess everyday..its hard to give my comment on each of them..but when I visit you I do read up all the missed posts…So do keep writing as we enjoy them immensely…

  3. Dear Malar
    LOL..”from hostel to hostel and mess to mess..”
    I too also never liked this vegetable, until I got the taste of it cooked in Punjabi style with lot of oil.
    I like this unique stuffing..I think I will eat the stuffing directly with hot rice and spare the Tinda ha ha
    Thanks for sharing and have a nice week ahead

  4. Priya says:

    Wat a droolworthy stuffed tindora, looks delicious..

  5. Malar, where do you learn all these different things? Looks wonderful. My hubby will drool if I show him these pictures. Beautiful and a tasty recipe.

  6. says:

    This curry looks delicious and mouthwatering.

  7. Geetha Achal says:

    மிகவும் அருமையாக இருக்கின்றது…சூப்பர்ப்…

  8. Mouthwatering! I love this veggie:)

  9. I simply love this vegetable and can eat it in any form and preparation. I love this sutffing. Never tried it before. Thanks for this new recipe.

  10. wow…great dish…we also add peanuts in the stuffing…looks yum…

  11. Sailaja says:

    yummy. I do similar way. sometimes just ulli karam (Onion paste filling)

  12. Padma says:

    WOW such a lovely dish. Perfect with hot rice.

  13. Cham says:

    Stuffed version never seen it, looks absolutely delicious !

  14. chakhlere says:

    wooww this looks very yummy…haven’t had this from so much time.

  15. Ys, Malar the quality of food depends on the cook and not the vegetable:) Love Andhra dishes very much. kovakkai curry looks very inviting.

  16. Rumana Rawat says:

    This is looking great, and very nice step by step pictures…

  17. Rekha shoban says:

    looks tempting…im really hungry malar…dis dish will surely goes well with curd rice.

  18. Malar,, kovaikkai rombha nalla seithurukkenga paa en amma vum ipdi thaan seivanga enakkum first intha veg pidikave pidikathu ippathaan saaptu pazhakirukken.nalla fresh aana kovaikkai paarkave kanna parikkuthu.

  19. Priya says:

    malar,i luv tinda which is gud for diabetes.. stuffed one luks really spicy dear..

  20. Panchpakwan says:

    Looks so spicy dish.. Love to have with rice.

  21. Hema says:

    Ooovv! Stuffy Kovaikkai is awesome.

  22. Wow Malar…the tindoras are looking so good…nice preparation..looks spicy and tasty :)

  23. Nitks says:

    Looks yummy and spicy… Nice preparation..

  24. asiya omar says:

    very impressive recipe.i love this.

  25. Yasmeen says:

    Love the spicy stuffing.Tinda did not interest me either until I tasted one that’s rightly spiced.:D

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