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Tinda Do Pyaza (Indian Apple Gourd With Double The Onions!)
  1. Wash and cut the tinda/ gourds in half and scoop out the seeds if mature. If theyu2019re very tender leave them in. Chop the gourds (each half into halves or slice them to 3 or 4 pieces) and then cook them till tender along with the peas in the microwave. This is how I cook my vegetables as it shortens my cooking time overall and also the vegetables keep their colour and do not turn mushy. If you donu2019t use the microwave, just keep them aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok, and add the cumin seeds. Stir a couple of times and then add the onions and sautxe9 them till they become soft and transparent but not brown. Now add the tomatoes and let them cook till soft, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the turmeric, chilli, coriander and cumin powder and stir fry well till the raw smell of the spices disappears. If it looks like the u201cmasalau201d is turning dry in the wok, add a couple of tbsps. of water and cook for about 2 minutes.
  4. Now add the microwaved vegetables and salt to taste and cook everything on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for another 3 to 5 minutes. If youu2019re adding the vegetables raw, also add about 1/2 a cup of water and bring to a boil. Then turn down the heat to low and allow the vegetables to cook till done but not mushy, stirring when needed.
  5. Take of the heat when done and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve warm as a side dish with chappathis, parathas or rice.