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Dondakaya Masala/Kunduru Masala curry

Ingredients for Dondakaya Masala/Kunduru Masala curry 


  • 250 gms kunduru (dondakayalu)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 inch ginger 
  • 6 to 8 garlic pods
  • 1 tea spoon sesame seeds (til)
  • 1 tea spoon jeera
  • 2 tea spoons dhaniya (whole)
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 1 tea spoon khas khas
  • 10 to 12 cashews
  • 2 table spoons ground nuts
  • 1 tea spoons red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tea spoon haldi
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tea spoon sugar
  • half lemon size tamarind ball
  • 3 to 4 table spoons of oil

Steamed (boiled) Kunduru/dondakayalu 


Wash and make vertical slits to the kunduru/dondakayalu. Season with 1/2 tea spoon of salt.   Steam  them in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles and keep them aside. (you can also par-boil them) 

ingredients being fried for Dondakaya Masala/Kunduru Masala curry

Heat 2 tea spoons of oil in a pan.  Add jeera, whole dhaniya, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ground nuts, cashews and khas khas.  Fry until they turn to golden color.  Remove and keep them aside.  Now  to the same add the chopped onions.  Fry until they turn translucent.

grind all the fried ingredients 

Now grind all the fried ingredients along with tamarind, ginger and garlic to fine paste adding sufficient water.  

Stuffing for kunduru/dondakayalu masala curry

To this paste add red chilli powder, salt to taste , haldi and sugar.  Mix well and suff the masala to the kunduru's/dondakayalu.

Dondakaya Masala/Kunduru Masala curry being cooked

Now heat 3 table spoons of oil in a pan.  Fry the left over masala in the oil and add the stuffed kunduru/dondakayalu to it.  Mix well, add a cup of water and close the lid.  Cook in a low flame until the curry is done.

Dondakaya Masala/Kunduru Masala curry

Within 10 to 12 mins the curry will be ready to serve.  Take it into a serving bowl and garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.....Tasty Dondakaya Masala/Kunduru Masala curry is ready.......Tastes good with rice, rotis or chapatis..........

Dondakaya Masala/Kunduru Masala curry

By Mrs Uma ramana


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