It is known by several names, including baby watermelon, little gourd, Kundru, Tindora or Tindola (in Hindi), etc. You can prepare it as a dry, stir-fried vegetable or with a gravy.
Botanical name of Ivy gourd is coccinia grandis, a perennial herbaceous vine. Ivy gourd is a tropical plant in the pumpkin family and is an aggressive climbing vine that can spread quickly over trees, shrubs, fences and other supports. It is an outdoor plant but prefers a sunny sheltered position and a sandy soil. Being a perennial plant, it can spread vegetative or by seed.
– It is believed to be helpful in controlling blood sugar.
– It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial.
– It contains protein, dietary fibre and beta-carotene.