Recipe: Stuffed Round Gourd— Bharaye Tinda

Take a look at the following recipe. Addiction guaranteed!

Madiha Hamid May 22, 2013

Much like any other child, I had a special hatred for the deceptive ‘tinda’ which looked just like a potato but much to my dismay, wasn’t one. 

However, as I grew older I developed a taste for the stuffed gourds which my aunt was a pro at making. A few weeks ago, I happened to come across fresh round gourds in the market and instantly thought of recreating the dish and it proved to be quite a success! Take a look at the following recipe. Addiction guaranteed!


Small round gourds (peeled and de-cored) 10

Onions (sliced) 3

Tomatoes (chopped) 3

Coriander seeds powder 2 tsp

White cumin seeds 1 tsp

Kalonji seeds (optional) ½ tsp

Salt (to taste)

Green chilies (diced) 2-3

Red chilies (to taste or 1-2 tsp)

Water 1 cup


•  In a large, flat pan, heat 2 tbsp oil on medium heat.

•  Fry the onions until they become transparent.

•  Add the tomatoes and allow them to cook for 5-10 minutes; mix well.

•  Add the salt, red chilies, coriander powder and white cumin seeds.

•  Using a hand blender, process the onions and tomatoes to make a thick gravy. Remember, do not let it become a paste. Cook the gravy until the oil rises to the top. Half of this gravy will be used to stuff the gourds.

•  Fill the gourds with the gravy using a small teaspoon. When all the gourds are stuffed, place them in the leftover gravy.

•  Add a cup of water to the gravy.

•  Allow the pan to cook on low heat until the gourds become tender. Add more water if needed.

•  Serve the gourds in a flat dish, topped with green chilies.

Madiha Hamid is a digital media professional. She loves the food traditions unique to families. She is running a food blog for Pakistani and regional cuisines called

Published in The Express Tribune, Ms T, May 19th, 2013.

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Stranger | 7 years ago | Reply

Whewww at last a vegetarian dish . Usually in this section we get to see only lamb or mutton or chicken . Ufff .This is nice for a change.

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