Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bittergourd Curry

                                                                 Bitter gourd is not a favourite vegetable among children in a lot of homes and it is the same  in my house also.As a child even i used to runaway  from bitter gourd but after i started cooking i did experiment a lot of vegetables that were not in my favourite list.!!!
                                                                 The way that this particular type of curry is cooked  makes it really tasty because it is sour,sweet,spicy and slightly bitter.The bitterness really depends upon the bitter gourd itself while some of them are more bitter and some of them are not at all.So depends on your luck and whether you do not mind the bitterness!

You will Need
  • 250gms of Bitter gourd
  • One spoon of Tamarind paste
  • A generous pinch of Turmeric powder
  • Half a tsp of Chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • One tbs of Oil
  • One tsp of Mustard seeds
  • One tsp of broken Urad dal
  • Two Red Chillies
  • A generous pinch of Asafoetida
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • One tbs of Powdered Jaggery
  • One tbs of Scraped Coconut

How To
  • Slice and chop bitter gourd into small pieces.
  • Boil the vegetable in water with some turmeric powder, salt and Tamarind paste.
  • Once it is cooked strain the excess water so that the bitterness is reduced.
  • Heat oil in a pan crackle mustard seeds,fry urad dal till brown and add red chillies and curry leaves.
  • Saute the vegetable for few minutes add some more salt,chili powder and jaggery.
  • Wait till the jaggery melts and becomes sticky.Add coconut and asafoetida and give it a stir.


Shantha said...

Interesting ingredients - never tried with coconut and jaggery - I love bitter gourd and will surely try this recipe. Thanks! said...

This looks totally delicious..I would love to try this...


jaya's recipes said...

Thank you shanta and maha for your comments!

Roney Arthur said...

Many many Thanks Jaya. I love bitter gourd curry the most. I tried your recipe and it worked out good and really very good. The truth is my wife used to make it very good while I was at home in India, but now that I am alone here in USA I searched the net, I tried and worked out very very good. Hearty thanks again. And also I tried Tomato instead of Jagerry. That was also good. It was because we had tomatoes in abundance.

jaya's recipes said...

I am glad mr Roney that you tried my recipe and liked it.Thank you for your response and happy cooking.

Anonymous said...

I have also tried this dish.. it has come out very well.. thanks for the recipe..

seetha srini said...

I made this today with tomato, as the other person had mentioned. Came out very good. I also added a handful of channa dhal (soaked for about 30 minutes, and, drained), along with seasoning. This dhal has very low glucose value (low glycemic index) that is good for diabetics along with bittergourd,so many thanks for this recipe.