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Stir fried Tindora

Mildy spiced stir fried tindora curry with creamy cashews, fresh coconut and hint of sweetness.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 264kcal


  • cups tindora
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • jalapeno minced more or less depending on how spicy you like
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 3 tablespoons fresh grated coconut I buy frozen
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional but recommended
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped for garnish


  • Wash and pat dry Tindora, cut them into quarters vertically. When they get too old they start to ripen up and turn red inside with bigger seeds. Discard any ripe ones.
  • Heat a pan on medium-high heat. Add oil, once the oil gets hot, add mustard seeds and turmeric. Let the mustard seeds crackle. Add the cut tindora, salt and gently stir them. Cook covered for 2-3 mins.
  • Add crushed green chilies and cashews. Mix well and cook covered on medium low heat for 5-7 minutes until the tindora are cooked soft but not mushy.
  • Add grated fresh coconut, lemon juice and sugar. Cook for another 2 minutes. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with hot paratha or roti!


Instant Pot Tindora Curry recipe:

  • Set the Instant Pot to saute mode and heat oil. Once the oil gets hot, add mustard seeds. Let the mustard seeds crackle. This may take 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add turmeric, tindora, salt, green chilies, and cashews. Press Cancel and mix well deglazing the bottom of the pot to make sure that nothing is sticking to the pot. Add 2 tablespoons of water, give a quick stir and close the Instant Pot with pressure release valve to sealing.  Pressure Cook for 2 minutes. Press Cancel once the pressure cooking cycle completes and quick release by turning the pressure release valve from sealing to venting. Note: remember to quick release here to avoid overcooked tindora. 
  • Open the Instant Pot. Add grated fresh coconut, lemon juice, and sugar. Mix well and serve hot.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 57.1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 5.3mg
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