Couscous Tindora Pulao (Couscous Ivy gourd Pulao)

After a terrible day in my office, I want to cheer myself with something nice to eat. But my fridge is empty, I have no vegetable and no chicken to make soup. In addition, I am not in a mood to take soup tonight. I want something NICE and different. All I am left with, in the fridge is a packet of frozen Tindora or Ivy gourd and some couscous. I have one onion and two small potatoes.  So I decided to make a Pulao with whatever I am left with.

Serves: 2

Preparation time: 10mns

Cooking time: 20mins


300gm Tindora or Ivy gourd

100gm couscous
1onion, cut into small pieces
2 small potatoes, cut into small pieces
3 pods of garlic, thinly sliced
½- teaspoon cumin powder
½- chili powder
½- black pepper powder
Pinch of cinnamon powder
Salt to taste
1-tablespoon oil


1.    Heat the oil

2.    Add the sliced garlic and fry for 1 mins, do not make them golden

3.    Add onions and fry for 3/4 mins

4.    Add the potatoes and fry for 5/6 mins

5.    Mean while take the couscous in a bowl and add boiling water. Water should be ½ centimeter above the level of the couscous. So the couscous will be cooked well and remain fluffy

6.    Add the Tindora or Ivy gourd to the frying potatoes

7.    Add salt, cumin, black pepper, red chili to the Tindora

8.    Cook until Tindora and potatoes are cooked well. Sprinkle water in case it sticks to the  bottom

9.    When vegetable is cooked sprinkle little cinnamon powder all over it

10.  Add the couscous and cook for another 2/3 mins. don’t stir too much so that couscous remains fluffy

11.  Serve hot with raita

Couscous Tindora Pulao (Couscous Ivy gourd Pulao)
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Couscous Tindora Pulao (Couscous Ivy gourd Pulao)
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