Coccinia (also commonly known as ivy gourd) is a tropical vine kowai fruit. It is popular in southern Indian states, where it is referred as tindli. It is also known by different names such as kundru, bimbika, telakucha, hoong gua, manoli, donda kaya, kova and many others.


Nutritional profile

One cup (150 grams) of coccinia contains:

  • Energy- 31 calories
  • Protein- 4 gram
  • Carbohydrate- 5 gram
  • Fat- 0.3 gram
  • Fibre- 1.5 gram
  • Vitamin C- 27 mg
  • Iron- 1.4 mg
  • Potassium- 36 mg


Health benefits

  • The mucilaginous seeds present in the tindli control the level of sugar, which is good for diabetic patients.
  • It is beneficial for kidney and healing inflammations.
  • It helps in preventing obesity as its calorie content is very low.
  • It boosts the metabolism rate as well.


  • It is useful in joint pains and to treat osteoarthritis.
  • It is very useful for skin and it helps in treating scabies.