Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bitter Gourd Fry


Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients.  It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber.  It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana.


Ingredients
Serves 2-3


3 small bitter gourds, de-seeded thinly diced
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp toor dhal ( yellow split peas)
Few curry leaves
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic and ginger
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp ghee (optional)


Method
Mix diced bitter gourd with salt and turmeric powder. Set aside in colander for 10 minutes.


Heat oil in a pan, sauté onion, garlic ginger, curry leaves, yellow split peas, mustard and fennel seeds for 2 minutes.


Squeeze the bitter gourd to drain excess water. Add bitter gourd and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.


When bitter gourd softens and changes to golden brown color, add curry powder, tamarind paste and sugar, mix well and cook for few more minutes till vegetable absorbs the spices.


Turn off heat, add ghee, salt to taste, mix well, and serve with rice

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10 comments:

  1. looks soo yummy..wishing you a delightful n healthy new year!

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  2. I grew up hating bitter gourds - but this looks nice!

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  3. Looks nice. Though.. I tried bitter gourd once and I understood that I can't eat it :)

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  4. This is one of my favoruite vegetables. Its been a long while since I've had it and your recipe is just making me wish for some.

    Happy New Year to you.

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  5. Tnx for ur lovly comments, there are ways to cook bitter gourd, if you soak them in salt and turmeric powder it reduces bitterness,afterwards you can make fried bitter gourd salad, bitter gourd gravy or stir fry dish like above. Stay tuned i'll post gravy and salad recipes.

    Wish u'll a very happy New Year, Tnk u so much for the support

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  6. I've never tried bitter gourds. Great cooking tips in your comment response.I love the ingredients in the dish; it looks delicious.

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  7. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. I've never liked bitter gourd before until recently... tastebuds must have matured with age :D This looks delicious and I'll definitely be trying this out soon. Thanks!

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  8. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. I've never liked bitter gourd before until recently... tastebuds must have matured with age :D This looks delicious and I'll definitely be trying this out soon. Thanks!

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