Saturday, January 9, 2010

Kaakarakaaya nuvvupindi koora /Bitter gourd sesame fry

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As I mentioned earlier,bitter gourd is seen regularly at our place as hubby likes this vegetable a lot.I have not seen anyone who is crazy about this vegetable,he can eat any variety cooked with this vegetable for rice/roti or as a starter(yes..,u heard it correct..he likes thsi vegetable so much..).Even though I am not a big fan of this vegetable I keep on experimenting this vegetable especially for my husband.I saw the recipe in Mallika Badrinath's book and liked the idea of adding sesame powder to the vegetable and the end product was even liked by me as it was not at all bitter.The bitterness from the bitter gourd is reduced by prior cooking process marinating and cooking in tamarind mixture and the addition of sesame powder added extra taste to the curry which suits perfectly with rice.If you are a bitter gourd lover like my husband you can give a try just for change.This recipe is sitting in my drafts from so many months,thought of posting it as it perfectly suits for priya's own event which is calling for "cooking with seeds-sesame seeds".

Ingredients:

4-5 Bitter gourds
1 medium onion,finely chopped
1 tbsp Sesame seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 cup thin tamarind pulp
1 tbsp grated jaggery
1 tsp red chilli powder/sambar powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp oil
Salt to taste


Method:
  • Wash and wipe bitter gourds,cut it into half lengthwise and remove the seeds and slice into thin half moon pieces.Add some salt and turmeric powder to it and mix well,leave it aside for half an hour and squeeze the water from it and keep aside.
  • Mix tamarind pulp with salt,turmeric and enough water and let it boil and add the bitter gourd pieces and cook until soft.Drain the pieces and let them cool.This process helps in removing the bitterness of bitter gourd.
  • Dry roast sesame seeds until they bulges up,cool them and grind it to a fine powder.
  • Heat oil in a pan and crackle mustard seeds,curry leaves and then onion and fry till transparent.
  • Add dhania powder,chilli powder to it and fry for a minute.
  • Add bitter gourd pieces to it and fry on high flame until it changes its color.Add salt,jaggery and fry again for a couple of minutes.
  • Sprinkle sesame powder and mix well and remove from the stove.
Serve it hot with hot rice and ghee.

33 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice recipe,and very nicely presented it too....

Rachana Kothari said...

Dear Prathiba,
The recipe seems very interesting, will pass on to my mum who simply loves bitter gourd..even i am not a big fan of this vege like you:)
Cheers,
Rachana

Nandini said...

I prepare the dish in the same way but never added sesame seeds. Nice click!

Pari said...

Dear Prathy, another nice recipe with bittergourd from u. We both have husbands who like this veggie... I had enjoyed making ur stuffed version, will give this one a try too. Cooking in tamarind juice does the trick!!!

Shaniba Mohamed Rasheed said...

nice one.if u interested pls link with me.

Shama Nagarajan said...

interesting recipe....yummy..i too love this veggie

Happy cook said...

This is one bveg i doslike with a passion . Mom used to force us to eat them.

SE said...

this too is one of the veggie always picked up when we go to indian stores..very healthy

Preeti Kashyap said...

Nice clicks as always.I make bitter gourd the similar way!

Sathya Sankar said...

Wonderful recipe prathiba, love BG!

Cham said...

Sesame seeds in bittergourd sounds good!

sowmya.s said...

will bookmark this recipe..sounds delicious..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks so yum! Not my favorite vegetable either, but my hubby loves it too...

munchcrunchandsuch said...

this is defntly a new rcip to me..and a perfect ntry for priyas event

Padma said...

Delicious fry. Love the crunchness from sesame seeds.

Red Chillies said...

We at home love bittergourd too and can eat pretty much any variety. Good one!

Sush said...

nice presentation!
though I love bittergourd, it is a NO vegetable at my home :(
will try this version when I am alone :)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

this looks awesome....superb click Prathy.. :)

Priyameena said...

Adding sesame will sure give a nice taste to the bitter guard...Looks delecious!!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks super delicious.

Dolly said...

Wow. Ur Bitter gourd subzi looks so delicious and inviting. Beautiful clicks. YOu could see how much I love Karela(bitter gourd). I'll surely try ur version as I just bought some fresh bitter gourd today. Thanks for visiting my blog and for ur kind words. Glad I could stop by and see ur wonderful space and awesome recipes. Will be following you.

Shri said...

Very tempting..I love Karela so very much!I know its unusual for ppl to have that as their fav veggie!And your brinjal curry turned out ot be just great!Will post in the coming weeks..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Bitter gourd is one of my favorites and i love variations in it...this looks yummy...love to try it....

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I had bitter gourd pickle in a near by north Indian restaurant and like it,wish I could taste this too ;) Nice recipe!

Akal's Saappadu said...

this one looks great the way you've presented!!

I make this rarely as all at home complain about the bitterness but your tips for reducing the bitterness and the word sesame attracted me too to give it a keen interest, going to give it a try!!

Shaniba Mohamed Rasheed said...

thanks.come and join with my blog.thanks once again for visiting my blog.

Uma said...

tempting fry. I love bittergourd fry. Yum :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

nice.. sweet, spicy and sour :)yum.

Gulmohar said...

Another great recipe from you..Awesome presentation as always :-)

Preety said...

my husband love this veggie..will make it this way next time

Parita said...

Bittergourd and sesame is a new combination to me and looks very good, I am not so fond of bittergourd but will make for my dear friend who loves bittergourd :-)

Kanchan said...

I Love to try out various bitter gourd recipes, and this one seems interesting and new !

Nithu Bala said...

Very interesting recipe..never tried bitter gourd & sesame together..came here from Priya's roundup..love your recipes dear..following you..

(nithubala-recipes.blogspot.com)

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