Punjabi Tinda Masala | Your Food Fantasy

Punjabi Tinda Masala | Apple Gourd Masala recipe

Talking off the off beat vegetables, Tinda (टिंडा) stands out. It is also called “Indian squash”, “round melon”“Indian round gourd” or “apple gourd” or “Indian baby pumpkin”. Tinda is also called “tindsi” in Rajasthan part of India. When I was kid, I used to make faces thinking of eating Tinda, thanks to bad reputation it carries for no real reason. When I tasted tinda for the first time (force fed by mom), I was astonished to see how nice this vegetable is!

Punjabi Tinda Masala | Your Food Fantasy

Punjabi Tinda Masala | Your Food Fantasy

Tinda is approximately spherical, and 5–8 cm in diameter, the seeds may also be roasted and eaten. Punjabi Style Tinda Masala is a scrumptious curry, perfect for a quick weekday lunch or dinner. This humble tinda when flavoured with aromatic Indian spices can win anyone’s heart and is best served with roti / chappatti or Indian flat bread.

Punjabi Tinda Masala | Your Food Fantasy

Punjabi Tinda Masala | Your Food Fantasy

This recipe (picked from my mom’s diary) is non-gravy based and yields dry tinda masala. There are no magic steps or magical ingredients for making this tasty tinda curry, just a little care to make sure its roasted well while cooking and right proportion of spices, that is it! If you can, then do try mustard cooking oil for the best taste.

You can also try Stuffed Tinda Masala, I wish to share recipe of that as soon as I can find some more fresh Apple gourd here in UK.

If you like trying out little unusual vegetables, you will like to try out the following veggies too:

Below is the step by step recipe of Tinda Masala made in north indian style

Punjabi Tinda Masala | Your Food Fantasy

Punjabi Tinda Masala | Apple Gourd Masala

A delicious recipe of Tinda / Apple gourd using basic spices. Completely vegan and gluten free recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 Portions
Calories 124 kcal


  • 500 Grams Tinda / Apple Gourd
  • 1 Onion Medium Size – Chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes Medium Size – Chopped
  • 2 Green chillies Medium Size – Finely Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt As Per Taste
  • 1/3 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/3 Teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil Mustard Cooking Oil is best for this
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Coriander Leaves For Garnishing (Optional)


  • Wash and peel the Apple gourd and cut them into cubes
  • Heat oil in a pan/kadhai and add asafoetida and cumin seeds to it. Once they crackle add chopped onion and sauté till they are translucent.
    How to make Tinda sabji
  • Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for a minute. Now add all the spices and chopped tomatoes and chillies and sauté them till the mixture start leaving oil.
    Tinde Ke Sabji - Recipe
  • Now add cubed Apple gourd pieces and mix well. Sprinkle little water and cover the pan with lid. Slow the heat to medium and let them cook for 8-10 minutes.
  • Open the kid and sauté again, let them cook for few more minutes till they are well roasted. Switch off the heat and transfer them to a serving bowl. Garnish with chopped Coriander leaves and serve hot with Indian flat bread.
    Tinda Masala Restaurant Style


  • They taste best when cooked in mustard oil.
  • Always try to roast the sabji before switching off the heat as that maximises the taste of it.


Nutrition Facts
Punjabi Tinda Masala | Apple Gourd Masala
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 680mg30%
Potassium 214mg6%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 518IU10%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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