Tindora, botanical name Coccinia grandis, also known as tendli (in India), ivy gourd, baby watermelon, little gourd, gentleman’s toes, tonde Kai, tindora, rashmato,or (misleadingly) gherkin, is a tropical climbing vine that is both cultivated and found growing wild. Its fruit and shoots both are edible.
It can grow upto 4 inches per day, and gradually covers other vegetations by becoming dense shading other plants from sunlight and nutrients, effectively killing vegetation underneath.They are best when cooked, and are often compared to bitter melon. The fruit is commonly eaten in Indian cuisine. People of Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries also consume the fruit and leaves. In Thai cuisine, it is one of the ingredients of the kaeng khae curry.