Wikipedia calls Donda kaya (in Telugu), Kova kaya (in Tmil), Tendli Bhaji (in Konkani) - Coccinia grandis, the ivy gourd, also known as baby watermelon, little gourd, gentleman's toes, tindora, or (misleadingly) gherkin, is a tropical vine. It is also known as Cephalandra indica, Kovakka, and Coccinia indica.
I like this vegetable. My husband loves it. He likes any recipe I make with it. Here is a slightly different version of cooking it.
Donda kaya – 15 nos.
Onions – 2 nos. medium size
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp.
Salt – to taste
Chilli powder – ½ tsp.
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Dhania (Coriander seeds) powder – 1 tsp.
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp.
Vegetable Oil for cooking – 2 tbs.
Green chillies – 2 nos. slit lengthwise
Wash and clean the vegetable. Cut off small portion of the ends. Slit length wise, but not into 4 separate pieces. Make a paste of Onions.
Take a non-stick pan and heat the oil. Add cumin seeds; when they start to splutter, add the vegetable and green chillies. Fry them on low flame. Add onion paste, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, mix well and put a lid and let it cook for 5 min. Add salt, chilli powder, and Coriander powder. When the oil leaves the sides, it is done.
Serve with rice or rotis (flat bread).