|BITTER GOURD DRY FRY|
Bitter gourd is the vegetable that is intimidating to lots of people because of its bitter taste. Its as bitter as neem leaves. But also the other fact of it is the bitterness of these vegetables makes it very healthy for us. People eat it in the form of chips since it would have lost most of the bitter ness & others wont even give it a try. But this recipe shall sure change your mind set abt bitter gourds & you shall sure fall in love with it.
I have been eating lots of bitter gourds with chapatis growing up. But was never a fan of it until I ate my mother in laws version. She has been doing it this way & I learned it from her & I have been doing it ever since. With very little ingredients & really quick to make its really delicious. The bright green once are best to eat but the seeds should be very small that makes it tender. You have to get rid of the seeds coz they are super bitter & not edible.
250 gms of bitter gourd
1 small onion
2 round or long dry red chilies
1/2 Tsp mustard seeds
1/4 Tsp turmeric
1 Tsp of red chilli powder
1 sprig of curry leaves
3 Tbs oil
3 Tbs tamarind paste
4 Tbs of grated coconut
1/4 cup of water
salt to taste
1. Chop the bitter gourd by removing the seeds out of it. Take little oil & once its hot add the bitter gourd & roast it for 5 to 6 min till its light brown in color. Take it out on to a plate.
2. In same pan add remaining oil then add mustard seeds & let it pop. Then add red chilies stir & then add chopped onions. sauté until light brown.
If you want it to be like curry then you need to add more coconut grinded in grinder with water & cook without drying. Its delicious with plain white rice. You can also have it with chapathis too.