Jun 25, 2008

A simple Gherkin/Tendli Fry..

There are times when I just don't feel like entering the kitchen or budging from my seat. And those are times when my husband does the needful. He never follows any recipe in particular, so if something comes out good, most of the times, I write down how he does that :D..
This is one dish he made once and I truly just love it. So, he made this again a couple of days back and this time I made sure I took pictures. Yaay, isn't it so simple, when someone does the cooking for you and all you do is take pictures ?? I like it once in a while. Back home, we make something called Talasani , which is made differently, but we have stick to this recipe since its so easy and yet tastes great.

So here is the recipe..


Tendli/Tondli/Tondekayi/Gherkins - 1/2 lb.
Methi/Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Haldi/Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Lemon Juice - 6-10 drops
Salt - to taste


- Cut off both the ends (near the stem and the opposite end) of the Tendli. Crush them slightly with a pestle so that they are slightly open but still as one whole piece.
- Heat oil in the pan, add mustard, let it splutter, and then add methi seeds.
- Add the crushed tendli to the pan, saute it well in the oil till it turns light brown in color and you see it slightly wrinkling from the frying.
- Add the haldi, chili powder, salt, jeera powder and garam masala powder and mix well.
- Now, cover the pan, turn the heat to low and let it cook for a few more mins.
- Keep checking for doneness.
- Finally add the lemon juice and switch off the heat.
- Serve hot as a side with rice and some curry.

Note :

- If you feel its a lot to keep sauteing the tendli in oil completely, you can saute initially with very little oil, and then sprinkle a few drops of water and cover and cook the tendli in its steam and follow the rest of the steps.

A few days back, Meera of Enjoy Indian Food & Uma of Essence of Andhra passed on the Inspiration Award and Blogging with a Purpose Award respectively. Thank you, both you dear friends, for thinking of me and passing these awards onto me. It really makes me happy and I humbly accept the same :)...

Thank you Meera and Uma once again...

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notyet100 said...

congrats forthe award,..anything prpepared by hubby always tastes good,..thnks for the recipe,,looks new tome,..

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Tendli...gosh am seeing it after years..They look so so tempting!!

Divya said...

It quite looks like talasani maya.and wow..ur hubby cooks..??lucky you!! congrats on your awards,you deserve it all!!

Asha said...

I love Tondekai, don't get it often here. Dish looks yum!:)

skribles said...

this tendli dish looks yummy :) Congrats on ur awards

Meera said...

Wonderful talasani. and that too made by hubby? That's too good!!
Mine once served me coffee with salt in it thinking its sugar. Then on, I have banished him from cooking!!:-D

Trupti said...

Congrats on awards Maya..tendli looks delicious and enjoy food made by ur husband.

Shilpa said...

That looks great Maya. Very similar to talasani but looks great with all those additional spices. Enjoy food cooked by hubby :)

Archy said...

Congarts on ur Award !!
I love tendle fry.. Looks great!!