Tindora Rice – Ivy Gourd Pulao

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Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Tindora Rice

Tindora Rice aka Ivy Gourd Pulao is a delicious spiced rice made with baby cucumber also named kovakkai. This quick and easy recipe is a great way to transform leftover rice.

Have you ever heard of ivy gourd? No? Neither did I until I started getting really adventurous when I went into the Indian supermarket. They have so many unique vegetables, not available at American markets.

Every time I go to the Indian market, I try to pick up a new vegetable I haven’t tried before. The variety of vegetables you see there is an eye-opening experience to a totally different world, when compared to American supermarkets.

Names of vegetables you’ve never heard before are printed on the signs like round valor, flat valor, dudhi, methi, karela, drumstick and tindora. Even the ones with English names you most probably haven’t seen before like white pumpkin, ridge gourd and snake gourd.

Even if you don’t choose a traditional recipe, just adding more varietal vegetables to our diet can never be a bad thing right. Toss it in some olive oil and sprinkle Italian seasoning and tindora aka ivy gourd will be just as delicious.

I have seen many recipes in the blogosphere using tindora, also known as ivy gourd. This time I decided it was time to try it.

Ivy Gourd

Tindora also known as ivy gourd look like little baby cucumbers. However, unlike cucumbers which we often eat raw, ivy gourd must be cooked.

When you slice the ivy gourd, don’t be alarmed if some of them are red inside. This does not mean that they are bad. These with the red interior are simply more ripe.

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I am sure you are going to love this vegetable as much as I. Do check out Tindora Palya for another recipe using this delicious vegetable.

If you are always looking for inspiration for more Vegetarian Recipes, although not all Vegetarian, the Indian section of my Recipe Index will give you a lot of delicious ideas to add more variety to your vegetarian recipes!

This is a great recipe to make if you have some leftover plain rice you want to repurpose. You might be thinking of something like Kimchi Fried Rice but instead of Korean style Fried Rice, let’s travel to India and try out this quick and easy spiced recipe.

Rice LR 1

Just add a few simple ingredients and rice gets transformed.

Rice LR

What a delicious Indian recipe to add to the repertoire!

Tindora LR 3

What should I pair Tindora Rice with?

You might want to try pairing this with Kalonji Dal and Tomato Poda or if you’d like to add some meat Coorgi Chicken Curry.

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Tindora Rice – Ivy Gourd Pulao

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Rice
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 226kcal


Masala Ingredients

  • 5 mint leaves finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons cilantro leaves chopped
  • 2 green chiles chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons frozen grated coconut defrosted (or freshly grated coconut)

Rice Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 8 oz. tindora ends trimmed and split in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 green cardamom pods
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red chile powder cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 cups cooked Basmati rice
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Combine mint, finely chopped cilantro and green chiles in a coffee/spice grinder.
  • Add. coconut with 2 tablespoons water until you have a fine coconut masala paste.
  • Heat oil in a deep skillet.
  • Add tindoora/ivy gourd and saute until well browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove to a plate.
  • Add the ghee and melt it. Saute for another 3 minutes.
  • Add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf and star anise. Fry for 1 minute.
  • Add onions and saute until they start to change color.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and masala. Fry for about 5 minutes.
  • Add cumin, coriander, cayenne, tumeric and tindora. Cook on low heat for another 5 minutes.
  • Add cooked rice and toss well. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until the rice is well coated with the spices and heated through.
  • Add salt and lemon juice.
  • Garnish with more cilantro leaves, if desired.



Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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…and if you need some inspiration,  do take a look at more of my Indian Recipes here.


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About Chef Mireille

Chef Mireille is a NYC based freelance chef instructor and food photographer. Due to her very diverse family background, she was able to travel and learn about global cultures and flavors from a young age. Her passion for culture, cooking, history and education had made her an expert on developing traditional globally inspired recipes & delicious fusion cuisine.
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Reader Interactions


  1. Robin

    5 stars
    I am excited to make this because the flavors sound like they’re going to be amazing together. In terms of the green chiles, do you mean jalapeños, serranos?

  2. Britney

    This recipe was so flavorful! The masala with the rice and the tindora was amazing. The flavors were so complimentary to each other. This recipe made for the perfect dinner and the leftovers were even better the next day!

  3. Jazz

    5 stars
    I was able to find all the ingredients easily with just a couple of store visits and so glad. This rice will be on repeat in my house!

  4. Tamara

    5 stars
    My current obsession with baby cucumbers is going crazy right now. This recipe was perfect to use up some that I had on hand. Super flavorful, was fairly easy to make thanks to your instructions.

  5. Marta

    5 stars
    I love how a humble ingredient like rice can take on so many different flavors like and still be amazing. Thanks for introducing me to this Indian version. It was a great dinner for us last night.

  6. Crystal

    5 stars
    Basmati is my favorite rice and I love anything from the gourd/squash family so I knew I was going to love this recipe. The blog post was so informative and the directions were so easy to follow! Thank you for sharing!

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