Bharva Tinda

Tinda is a plant in cucurbits family, a prolific vine, and is grown as an annual.Plants are vigorous and productive. The fruit is approximately spherical, and 5–8 cm in diameter. The seeds may also be roasted and eaten. This unique squash-like gourd is native to India and used a lot in North Indian  curry . For this recipe you need to use the small  tender ones.

Tinda - 8 small ones

For Stuffing
Onion - 2 cup chopped fine
Besan - 4 tbsp
Red Chilli Pw - 1  tsp
Coriander Pw - 2 tsp
Turmeric Pw - 1/4 tsp
Amchur Pw - 1 tsp
Jaggery/Gur - 2 tsp gratted
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp

For Gravy
Onion Paste - 1/4 cup 
Tomato - 1/2 cup , chopped fine
Ginger Garlic Paste -  1 tsp
Red Chili Pw -  2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp , chopped fine
Oil - 2 tbsp

  1.  Scrape tinda , remove the top and scope out seeds.
  2.  Partially cook tinda in salted hot water .
  3.  Drain and keep aside.

 For Stuffing
  1.  Heat oil and onion  and saute till light golden.
  2.  Add besan cook till the raw smell is gone.
  3.  Add all the masalas,salt and cook another minute .
  4.  Add gur and mix well and check seasoning .
  5.  Cool and stuff the tinda with the above mixture.

 For Gravy
  1.  Heat oil and add ginger garlic paste .
  2.  Cook for a minute and add onion paste.
  3.  Cook till the oil separates and add chili powder.
  4.  Add tomato and mix well and cover.
  5.  Cook till the oil separates on medium flame.
  6.  Add the stuffed tinda and 1/4 cup warm water.
  7.  Cover and cook till the tinda is fork tender.
  8.  Add 1/4 cup hot water if you need some gravy.
  9.  Simmer for few minutes and garnish with coriander leaves


  1. That looks so yummy!! Loved the flavors there!! :)

  2. New to me,sounds flavorful and yummy

  3. I love tinda, some people find it weird but it is one of my fav veggies. Gonna try your recipe soon. :)

  4. Love stuff vegetables. got to try this too.

  5. Heard lot about this tinda,but never cooked with them,looks fabulous.