Tindora Tomato Stir Fry

I need to confess something. I made a  mistake. Tindora is my daughter’s  favourite but not a frequent dish in our home. So soon after our visit to Devon market, we celebrate a feast with Indian  veggies. It was the same this time too. But yrrrrr, I added too much of chilli powder in  the tindora stir fry.  It turned out to be unusually hot and I did not want to utter a word about this to my most anxious daughter. I did not want to use yogurt or tamarind to nuetralize the heat, so, I  took refuge in the chubby tomatoes sitting in the refrigerator. The chubby tomato helped me in time, adding tanginess and lots of flavor to the dish. It was so good that  I decided to make this my regular way of doing tindora stir fry  here after.

Tindora Tomato stir fry


Tindora – 1 pound

Medium tomato- 1 number

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder to taste

Turmeric powder

Oil  -2 tbsp


Cut the tindora longitudinally into thin strips and  chop the tomatoes in a similar fashion. Cook the tindora in little water with salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker till you hear the first whistle. Drain if any excess water. (I have seen my friends, generally  frying the tindora and allow it to cook for a long time. I personally feel this takes time and makes the curry very dry.)  Now, add the fresh tomato strips and chilli powder to the drained tindora and mix in a big bowl.

Heat oil in a big pan .When the oil is steaming hot, throw in the veggies and simmer the heat. Stir often and continue to cook till all the oil start oozing out.

Relish the stir fry with sambhar rice or simply mix with plain rice and enjoy.

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10 thoughts on “Tindora Tomato Stir Fry”

  1. maheswari says:

    Hey Lakshmi..thanks for visiting…
    Tindora looks delicious..I usually only do poriyal with it..This is a nice combo..just saw Tindora kuruma in another blog..
    Wishing you a very very happy new year…
    BTW..mehendi looks good..

  2. Sandhya says:

    Hello Lakshmi,

    I’m not a blogger, but enjoying all the food blogs out there. Great recipe…but the only thing that bothered me was “drain all the excess water”…My mom always says that we should never drain the water in which vegetables are cooked. coz, we end up losing all the nutrients. Just a suggestion…In case u HAVE to drain it, then please use the water for sambar or any other curries.

  3. Nidhi says:

    WOW! you have a bland vegetable very interesting by stir frying it with Tomatoes. Nice Creation Lakshmi. The colors are so beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing..

    Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year 2007!

    Love, Nidhi.

  4. oosi says:

    Nice Photo !! வாழ்த்துக்கள் !!

  5. Priya S&S says:

    Thats a nice trick Lakshmiammal ! I usually do that mistake :-)

    Wish you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New year !

  6. swapna says:

    nice touch up..u invented a new recipe..congrats..will definitely try ur version..thanks for sharing…:-)
    a very happy new year…

  7. Jasmine says:

    Nice recipe..simple and yummy

    I also add thin strips of Onions and some green peas..tastes great!
    Will try your pressure cooker trick..Thanks !

  8. Ashwini says:

    Ha true indication of a good homemaker…a brand new dish from a mistake 😀
    Happy Holidays

  9. lakshmiammal says:

    Hi Maheswari,
    Thanks for visiting..Iam gonna try your parotta.Happy new year !

    Hi Sandhya,
    Thnaks for your valuable note. BTW I said if any excess, meaning ‘add just enough water’. Also it is good to use the water in other dishes. I use it to mix the cereal for my toddler.

    Hi Nidhi, Priya, Oosi, Jasmine,Ashwini, swapna

    Thanks for your appreciation. Wish you all a happy & properous new year.

  10. Arti says:

    Very good recipe… Thanks!

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