February 23, 2012

Tindora - Capsicum Rice | Easy Lunchbox recipes

Blogging Marathon (aka BM) is back and this week am presenting Easy and Tasty Lunchbox recipes using Rice as the main ingredient. Being a South Indian, my personal choice of grains, esp for main course is Rice. Of course, there are umpteen varieties of rice that can be used - Ponni / Basmati / Tukda Basmati / Ambe Mor and many more varieties. 
Today's dish can be made with just Tindora (Ivy gourd / Gherkins / Kovakkai / Thondekayi), but I had some capsciums on hand.So used them along with some chopped carrots too.This is a easy breezy rice if you have the Spice Powder (also called Vangibhath powder - mainly in Karnataka region). 
Check out the measurements to make Vangibhath powder here. With this spice powder, you can literally breeze through rice based dishes by adding any seasonal veggies and making a new variety everytime :) You can also use leftover rice for this, although I cook the rice freshly before making this. 
Serve with any papad / fryums or Raitha / Pachadi for a wholesome lunch option :)

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Prep time : 10 mins. Cooking time : 20 mins. Serves :2
  • Rice - 1 cup (240 ml)
  • Veggies : Tindora & Capsicum - slit lengthwise
  • Onions - 1 no (optional - I did not use)
  • Oil - 4 TBSP
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Vangibhath powder - 2 TBSP + 1 tsp
  • Grated jaggery - 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, Hing, curry leaves, cashewnuts (or peanuts)
  • Garnish - coriander leaves.
1) Cook rice with minimal water. Spread in a large plate, drizzle a pinch of turmeric and 1 TBSP oil and fluff it lightly.
2) In a pan, heat remaining oil. Prepare tempering. Once the nuts have browned, transfer the tempering to a plate. In the pan, now add the onions. Saute well. Add the veggies, salt and cook covered with minimal water till the Tindora cooks al dente. 
3) Now add the vangibhath powder, jaggery and mix well. Add the cooked rice to this and lightly saute taking care not to break the grains.
4) Finish with coriander leaves, tempered ingredients and lemon juice. 
5) Serve hot or warm with papad and Raitha :)


  1. yumm!! I never used to like tindora but now the story is different

  2. Vangibhath powder definitely comes in handy. Never thought of combining capsicum and tindora. :)

  3. looks so yummy...what is tindora in English?

  4. Interesting and innovative.. even i dont like tindora at all no matter what format it comes in but ur presentation is beautiful

  5. Interesting recipe...looks yummy..

  6. cant relate tindos n rice....will give it a try:)

  7. Very interesting combination.. Looks delicious..

  8. Very interesting combination.. Looks delicious..

  9. Very interesting and yummy rice.

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  10. nice n yummy rice..I tried rice wid tindora once

  11. Flavorful and delicious rice, sounds interesting!!

  12. Mouth-watering Kalyani!! Looks yum!!!

  13. Looks yum yum yum. Love the flavours.

  14. Love color combo .. which is very very important for food ..

  15. Good to have you back in BM Kalyani, that's an interesting rice..good to know that your kid likes to eat vegetables like tindora..will have to encourage mine by showing this..thanks for sharing..

  16. Vangibath powder is a staple in my pantry too ..comes in very handy! Never tried Tindora rice ..so the combo is very unique :)

  17. @ Mirielle - Tindora is Ivy Gourd.

  18. Very delicious preparation dear and a different combo..

  19. This is a very interesting recipe Kalyani...how do u come up with such innovative ideas?

  20. Awesome....

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  21. very innovative recipe...nice preparation Kalyani...looks so yummy n ivniting...
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  22. Nice combo of veggie. Never tried before.

  23. Unusual combination of Tindora & capsicum with rice.. worth a try.. It looks colorful and inviting...
    Thanks for sharing the recipe

  24. Different combo of veggies.


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