Monday, December 8, 2008

Bitter gourd fry

Bitter gourd is a veggie that people hate to eat. It has been believed that it helps to reduce blood glucose level. Mostly it is cooked with tamarind or tomato and even some people end up in adding sugar to subtle its bitterness.
But here is a recipe which I learned from my mom to cook it in a more tasty way.
Stick to the recipe and you will see the bitterness vanishing.


Bitter gourd - 4 (1/4 kg)
oil - 3 to 4  tbsp
mustard  or fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp
Red onion - 1
chilli powder - 1 tbsp
garam masala powder - 1 tsp
salt - to taste.


Carefully examine the bitter gourd while buying.
They should be dark green in color with the spikes closely packed. Discard the matured seeds.
Heat oil in a kadai.
Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and after they splutter add the chopped bitter gourd.Cook it with constant stirring and uncovered.
After 10 minutes add the chopped onion.
Fry really crisp.
Finally add salt , garam masala powder and chilli powder.
sprinkle a handful of water and cook it covered.
Adding a little water helps to coat the masala thoroughly.
open the lid, Saute for 2 minutes and put off stove.
crispy bitter gourd fry is ready.
Adding more oil makes it bitter-less curry:)

Serving suggestions:

This is a good combination with 'paruppu satham' (Toor dhal and rice)
It takes 25 minutes to cook 1/2 kg.


Usha said...

Looks yum, my mother in law makes something similar and it tastes pretty good, I eat bitter gourd only if she makes it, maybe I will try yours sometime :-)

Varsha Vipins said...

I often makes this at hubby loves it..:)...Washing it wid salt water washes away the bitterness but ofcourse some nutrients also..

Malar Gandhi said...

I like bitter gourd in any form...this one sounds different.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

nice and healthy curry.. looks yummy

Gita Jaishankar said...

Wow, parupu satham and pavakai fry, yummy combination dear :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

i like to take bittergourd once in a hubby ur fry

Raks said...

I am not a fan of bitter gourd,but my hubby loves,may be I will try next time:)

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