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Tindora

Tindora, or coccinia grandis, is a tropical vine grown for its small edible cucumber-like gourds, each about the size of a little finger, which are eaten immature and green, or mature and deep red. The plant's young shoots and leaves are also eaten as greens.

Tindora is also 
known variously as tondli or kundsru or dondakaya in India, as well as manoli, tindla, gentleman's toes, tendli, thendli, thainli , ivy gourd or little gourd elsewhere.


Fresh Tindora

Tindora is commonly eaten in Indian cuisine. Natives of Thailand, Indonesia, and other southeast Asian countries also consume the fruit and leaves.

Cultivation of ivy gourd in home gardens has been encouraged in Thailand due to its being a good source of several micronutrients, including vitamins A and C. It is also
rich in beta-carotene.




In India,  it is sometimes eaten as a curry, deep fried and stuffed with masala, or boiled and then fried.

Tindora is also used in sambaar, a lentil soup.

Tindora, or ivy gourd, is sometimes recommended to diabetics as a means of regulating blood glucose.

In Hawaii and the southern United States, among other regions, ivy gourd is considered an invasive plant.


World Vegetables
World Vegetables


1,000 Indian Recipes
1,000 Indian Recipes

Eat Smart in India
Eat Smart in India

Ayurvedic Pharmacology and Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants
Ayurvedic Pharmacology and Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants


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