Instant Ivy Gourd Pickle/Tindora Achaar

September 11, 2019mayurisjikoni
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What is the A- Z Challenge? Well, we’re a Facebook group and every alternate month the participants make a dish with the  relevant letter. The group was started in May 2018 by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan.

This month we’ve got to think of an ingredient which begins with I, and it has to be the English name. Now that seriously doesn’t give anyone much choice, does it? A lot of discussion on the group took place about how to tackle this issue. Unfortunately, I was not able to participate actively in the discussion as I was traveling.

This letter wise cooking sometimes allows one to think ahead, like I had the thought of using Inca Berries (also known as Cape Gooseberries, Golden berry,  Physalis, or Peruvian Ground cherry). The thought came to me when on the Canadian Mountaineer Rockies train journey, the chef served desserts on both days topped with one golden berry. I thought I’d be able to get them in abundance when I reached US, but unfortunately where my sister in law is based is a very small town. The supermarket didn’t have any. So had to shelve the idea. But hoping that when I can buy some of these yummy berries I will be able to make what I had in mind.

When I got to India, the two other obvious ingredients beginning with I were Iceberg Salad and Ivy Gourd. Ivy Gourd is what I used as over the weekend I had my neighbors over for a typical Gujju meal and realized that I didn’t have any pickles to serve. That reminded me of my neighbour back in Mombasa who would cut ivy gourd or tindora(tendi, tindi) into rounds or long strips, add hot oil and ready pickle masala(spice mix). And pickle is ready in a jiffy.

So ivy gourd or tindora instant pickle was ready in a matter of minutes. I personally love using Apex pickle masala which I bought online from Amazon. Isn’t that a great online shopping portal? Has made my hubby crazy, shopping for everything without moving out of the house. Just had to remind him that it wouldn’t last too long. As soon as we’re back in Kenya, convenient shopping method stops!

So lets get to the very easy, Instant Ivy Gourd Pickle.

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Makes about a cupful

8-10 ivy gourd ( tindora, tendi, tindi)

2 tbsp ready made pickle masala

½ cup oil

4-6 green chilis (optional)

½ tsp salt or a little less

1 tsp fennel seeds (valiyari, saunf), lightly roasted

1-2 tsp gur powder


  1. Wash the ivy gourd and green chillis. Dry them completely with a kitchen towel.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan till its hot. Take the pan off the heat.
  3. Slit the green chillis and remove the seeds and pith if you want to.
  4. Cut the ivy gourd into strips or rounds.
  5. Put the chillis and ivy gourd in a steel or glass bowl.
  6. Add salt, gur and pickle masala.
  7. Add the warm oil.
  8. Mix it well.
  9. Store it in a jar till required. It tastes good with theplas, rotis, parathas, khichdi, rice, etc.
  10. The pickle stays at room temperature for 2-3 days. After that I store it in the fridge.



  • The ready made pickle masala has asafetida (hing) so I didn’t add any.
  • If the pickle masala is not very hot, then add some red chilli powder.
  • You can add a few raw mango pieces if you like. However, before you do so, sprinkle the mango with salt and leave it on the side for 30 minutes. Then mix in the ivy gourd and proceed as above.
  • Use any oil of your choice.


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  • poonampagar

    September 12, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Never tasted a pickle with ivy gourd. Is Ng ready pickle mix makes the work so easy and saves time too. Loved the beautiful color of your pickle and it certainly looks absolutely inviting !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 12, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Thanks Poonam, since I’ve been introduced to Apex masala, I don’t make pickle masala at home.

  • The Girl Next Door

    September 12, 2019 at 8:46 am

    The pickle looks amazing! Amazon and ready-to-use pickle masala are such saviours, no? 🙂

    This reminds me – it’s been ages since I had giloda pickle. Mom used to make it while I was in school. Should start the family tradition again.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 12, 2019 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Priya. I usually make it when we do a Gujarati lunch.

  • shobhakeshwani

    September 13, 2019 at 12:32 am

    I make sabzi with ivy gourd but never tried making pickle. Looks nice.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Shobha.

  • Superduper kitchen

    September 13, 2019 at 5:15 am

    This looks delicious and it can also be made in a jiffy. I ll try this and ll haVe with parathasI have never used readymade pickle masala.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks and I’ve stopped making pickle masala at home since I discovered Apex.

  • FoodTrails

    September 14, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Instant pickle with ivy gourd with readymade masala sounds a great idea, I learned making ivy groud pickle from my house help in Mumbai, it’s been a while now since I made this..looking at your beautiful pics I am tempted to make it..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you so much Swaty, make a small batch when you get ivy gourd.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    September 14, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    The ready masala mix is sometimes such a wonderful gift specially when you have to make something quickly. I love the way you have captured the pic of the pickle with those hot green chillies

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you so much Renu, and the green chilis were extremely hot but my neighbour enjoyed them!

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    September 17, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I am so used to the South indian spices in pickles. but surely wudnt mind a batch of these sweet-salty pickles. Amazon is such a versatile site, and yeah one neednt step out of home for ‘anything’., its liek crawford market comes home :p

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 21, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks Kalyani, the spice mixture I used is not sweet, and didn’t add too much jaggery.

      1. Archana

        September 25, 2019 at 2:28 pm

        Awesome! I love this delicious ivy gourd pickle. This pickle is different from the ones I know of. Great share

      2. mayurisjikoni

        September 25, 2019 at 8:41 pm

        Thank you so much Archana.

  • Vanitha Bhat

    September 17, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Awesome!! Looks absolutely lip smacking! We do add it to pickles but these look amazing! Ready made masala is for sure a time saver!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 21, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you so much Vanitha.

  • namscorner18

    September 25, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Tindora pickle is very interesting and looks so delicious. Using readymade masala makes it so easy to prepare. Sometimes it is life saver. Agree with you amazon has made all of us so lazy.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 25, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much Narmadha. Ready made pickle masala is so handy.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    September 25, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    My mouth is literally watering seeing your recipe. This will be so good as side with parathas. I will be keeping some ivy gourd aside next time to make this instant pickle.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 25, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks Sandhya, hope you enjoy it.

  • Vidya Narayan

    September 27, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    The Marcha (green chillies) and the Ivy Gourd Slices are super tempting with the pickle masala flavours. Pickles have my heart always as I am a spice lover all the way! I would need a bowl of piping hot Gujarati Kadhi, Khichdi and unlimited pickle from that bowl. PS – What oil do Gujarati’s use for pickles? I have had mixed response of Mustard and veg oil. What do you recommend or use?

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 28, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks Vidya, you’d have to come to my place for khichdi, kadhi and the pickle. I’ve not heard of mustard oil being used much in Gujarati cuisine. My mum used normal vegetable oil for all her pickles and my aunts do the same.

      1. Vidya Narayan

        September 30, 2019 at 11:44 am

        Thanks for the invite Mayuri and someday, definitely. I am always ready for home made good food. Thanks for the info on the oil.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        September 30, 2019 at 1:53 pm

        Your’e welcome any time.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    September 29, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Instant are always best if we need anything quickly. And this instant version of pickle with ivy gourd sounds really superb. Use of readymade masala even seems a great option

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Sasmita.

    2. Batter Up With Sujata

      October 3, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Ivy gourd pickle with green chilli looks super tempting. Never tasted this pickle. Looks amazing. Can’t wait to try. I would love to have it with paratha or kachori.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        October 5, 2019 at 5:48 pm

        Thanks Sujata, do try it as its so easy to make.

      2. Batter Up With Sujata

        October 7, 2019 at 5:11 pm

        Sure 😊

  • Aruna

    September 29, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I would have never thought of pickling ivy gourd this way. The crunch alone would be worth it (after the spice of course!). The pickle is also very colourful, with the green of the chilly, light green of the gourd and the fiery red of the masala.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you so much Aruna. The idea is to make a crunchy pickle so cannot make a large quantity.

  • Anshu Agarwal

    September 29, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    This is looking so so delicious…beautiful color. I just love instant pickle, bookmarked it…will definitely give it a try. Awesom share👌

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 30, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you so much and hope you like it.

      1. Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

        October 7, 2019 at 12:07 am

        I love the way quick pickles come together. This looks perfect.
        I couldnt help smiling at your anecdote on Amazon… It is so different in india isnt it.
        Enjoy your stay

      2. mayurisjikoni

        October 8, 2019 at 7:22 pm

        Thanks Seema and yes life in India is so different from other countries.

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