Tinda Masala

Tinda Masala

Tinda is a vegetable similar to squash that is widely used in Indian and South Asian cuisine. Also referred to as “apple gourd”, it has a distinct bitter flavor. They are beneficial for diabetes patients, as they help regulate blood sugar levels, and is also known used as a remedy for fevers. For this recipe, we will be using the apple gourd to create a traditional Indian recipe called Tinda Masala.



500 grams apple gourd, peeled and sliced
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, ground into paste
1 inch piece ginger, ground into paste
1 red chilli, chopped
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons chopped cilantro leaves
vegetable oil as needed
salt as needed
pepper as needed


Heat the oil in a saucepan then add the cumin seed, onions, garlic, and ginger. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the tinda then season with turmeric powder, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute. Add the chilli and garam masala then throw in the sliced tinda. Cover with a lid then let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat then garnish with the cilantro leaves. Serve over white rice.