Bitter Gourd is a vegetable that many people love and many people hate! Since it is a vegetable with many medicinal properties, it is a challenge to cook it in a manner that pleases all.
Here is a recipe that enhances the flavors of this vegetable and makes it a treat to eat.
2 Bitter Gourds (medium sized), deseeded and sliced as shown above
1 Medium sized Onion, finely chopped
2 Green chillies, slit
A few curry leaves
1 tbsp jaggery, powdered
1 tbsp coconut, ground
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp tamarind extract
½ tsp garam masala
4 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
salt to taste
Clean bitter gourd and cut into thin pieces as shown in the picture above. Mix with ½ tsp salt and set aside for half an hour.
Take a thick bottomed pan. Fry the sliced bitter gourd for 2-3 minutes on a slow flame till the moisture evaporates and the bitter gourd turns slightly brownish.
In a pressure pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add the chopped onions. When the onions turn pink, add the green chillies, and curry leaves and fry for a few minutes.
Add the bitter gourd and stir well. Next, add the turmeric, chilli, coriander and cumin powders. On a slow flame, keep stirring this mixture for a few minutes.
Next, add the coconut paste, jaggery and tamarind extract. Mix well. Adjust the salt as per taste and add the garam masala. Add ¼ cup of water and pressure cook this mixture (usually 2 whistles) till it is well cooked.
Once the pressure cooker cools down, open it and once again cook the bitter gourd mixture on a slow flame and stir till the mixture is dry.