Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tendle & Bibbe Upkari

This is actually a very simple curry but due to the addition of tender cashew nuts, it attains a special status.

Tender Cashew nuts are different from the cashew nuts that are available in super markets.

“Bibbo” or tender cashew nuts are generally available in India in Karnataka, Kerala and Konkan area of Maharashtra, & Goa. Mangalore stores generally stock them too.

This unique combination of Tendle & Bibbo upkari is generally prepared during religious ceremonies or during any celebrations in the Konkani community. “Ugadi” celebration without this dish is considered incomplete !

Tendle & Bibbe Upkari

Bibbe upkari is a dry dish. The Bibbos need a little processing before it can be used in cooking.

Raw BibboBoiled Bibbos

Raw Bibbos -------------------------------- Boiled Bibbos

Peeled Bibbos
Boiled and Peeled Bibbos



250 gms

Tender cashew nuts/Bibbo

1 cup

Mustard seeds

1 tsp

Dry Red Chillies



2 tsps


As per taste


2 cups

Freshly grated coconut



  1. Heat a cup of water & soak the tender cashew nuts in it for about 15-20minutes.
  2. Drain the water from the soaked cashew nuts and peel off the skin (which can now be easily removed) and halve them.
  3. Wash the tendle and snip off its ends and halve the vegetable lengthwise. Then each half cut it into thin slices.
  4. Heat a pan. Add to it oil, mustard seeds and dry red chillies. When mustard seeds start spluttering, lower the flame and add the cut tendles. Stir it. Increase the flame and add a little water and allow it to cook.
  5. When the tendles are half cooked, add the cashew nut halves. Stir again and add water if necessary.
  6. Finally add salt. Cover it and let it cook till done.
  7. Garnish it with freshly grated coconut.

Serves : 4

Note :

Garnishing with freshly grated coconut is optional.

This dish goes well with rice and dal or even with chapattis.

For names of Tendle/Tendli in other Indian languages :


  1. Yummm, I am salivating; but then its understanable for an amchi:)

  2. Yes Bhagyareema. I can understand the amchi feeling :)

  3. Tendles are called gherkins. my favourite

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  5. Ah, nice to find amchi recipes. Thanks a lot!!!
    And with amchi names :) Love it