Tindora, also known as the ivy gourd or kowai fruit, is a tropical vine. It grows primarily in tropical climates and is commonly found in the southern Indian states, where it forms a part of the local cuisine. Ivy gourd is said to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that may aid in the prevention or treatment of a diverse range of health conditions, from diabetes and high cholesterol to high blood pressure and obesity.
Resembling a small Kirby pickling cucumber, Tindora has a crunchy, juicy texture with a mild and slightly bitter flavor. Tindora can be eaten raw in salads, boiled, steamed, fried or sliced and used as a garnish in curries and soups.