Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bitter gourd Curry

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Many of you would be knowing that bitter gourd is a favorite veggie at our home and of course not for me,it is favorite to everyone at my in laws place.This vegetable finds its place at least once in a week and especially during week end lunches.Most of the times I make fry out of it and I even opt for a quick,faster and a low cal version.Oven works best for me for making any of these vegetable fries with out consuming so much oil,it consumes hardly a tsp of oil.My husband can eat bitter gourd fry as a snack as he likes it very much,so most of the fry which I make will go into his plate and I just take a small portion to taste it.
Coming to this recipe I had adapted this version from one of my cook book's collection as I found the recipe simple and I know that bitter gourd and onion goes well with each other.The outcome was good and even I enjoyed it having with rice.If you are a bitter gourd lover you will definitely love it and even though if you are not you might start liking it,so better give a try.

Ingredients:
4-5 medium bitter gourds
2 big onions
a lemon size tamarind
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp grated jaggery
a sprig of curry leaves
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

To grind:
1 1/2 tbsp chana dal
4-5 red chillies
3 flakes of garlic
3-4 small onions
2 tbsp dry coconut,grated

Method:
  • Chop bitter gourd into small cubes and add turmeric to it and leave it aside for half an hour.Squeeze the bitter gourd pieces and keep them aside.
  • Extract tamarind pulp and dilute with enough water to cook bitter gourd pieces.
  • Boil the thin tamarind water and add salt,turmeric and bitter gourd pieces to it and cook until soft.Strain the pieced and keep them aside.
  • Mean while finely chop the onions and keep them aside.
  • Heat a tsp of oil and and add bengal gram(chana dal),red chillies and fry well.Add dry grated coconut and fry again.
  • At the end add garlic and shallots and fry for a minute and let the mixture cool down a bit.Add little water to it and grind to a smooth paste.
  • Heat remaining oil in a pan and fry onions until light golden in color.Add curry leaves and cooked bitter gourd pieces and fry on a slow flame until it is slightly crispy and brown in color.
  • Add ground paste,jaggery and salt and fry until the mixture dries up and coats the bitter gourd pieces properly.
Serve it hot with hot piping rice,dal,rasam and papad.

48 comments:

divya said...

looks SO yummy and tempting!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Wow yummy and healthy curry...Awesome clicks as usual.

sowmya's creative saga said...

my favourite..looks yumm..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Not a bitter gourd eating person,still nice recipe prathy!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Looks delicious and very tempting...

FunWidFud

Sush said...

I have a big Chinese bitter gourd in the fridge, your recipe came at the right time. Will try it Prathy!

aipi said...

Bitter gourd never looked this tempting..Great recipe. I like bitter gourds so this recipe is definitely bookmarked :)



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Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks yummy, the photos look classic.

Pushpa said...

Healthy and yummy bittergourd curry.

Pavithra said...

Love love love bitterguard.. so i will surely love this curry..

Priti said...

Liked your version ...looks very gud ....and love that spread ...comfort food for me

Hari Chandana said...

Woww.. looks simply delicious and perfect.. Thanks for sharing dear !!

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Tina said...

Healthy and delicious curry...

Deepti said...

tasty bitterguard curry

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Chandrani Banerjee said...

bitterguard curry looks to attractive and healthy.

Preety said...

bitter gourd is my hus fav ..looks perfect

Raji said...

I am a bitter gourd loving person..loved the presentation and clicks.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Sounds interesting n new curry to me.....looks tempting

jeyashrisuresh said...

my fav curry and this method sounds very yummy.Going to try this for sure

PriyaVaasu said...

Never tried cooking bitter gourd this way!!!! looks yummy!!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice Recipe Pratibha, the whole bowl looks v inviting:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Bitter gourd is my favourite...looks yum...

Sharmi said...

very yum! the grinding part looks really nice! I add tomato also!

Khaugiri said...

Looks really tempting!!!

Suman Singh said...

I love karela/bitter gourd and this looks so tempting and delicious..nice recipe..thanks for sharing!

Usha said...

Very tempting and I love bitter gourd!

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Very tempting and delicious !!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I make bitter gourd rarely. stir fry or bharwa karela is my fav. curry looks perfect and nice presentation dear

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Priya said...

Very great looking delicious bittergourd curry...

Priya Sreeram said...

looks lovely ! nicely done

Harika's Kitchen said...

I run a km far when i see bitter guard. But u r clicks and presentation looks awesome and want to have it.

Akila said...

wow so yummy curry...
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Laavanya said...

I love bitter gourd and taht's one delicious curry - can't wait to try.

kanthi said...

Love bitter gourd curry,looks yum yum.

Smitha said...

I only eat bitter gourd if fried! :)
looks yummy!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Swathi said...

Bitter gourd in any form is welcome in our house. this one looks dleicious.

Suja Sugathan said...

Looks awesome,love bitter gourd,this looks so yummy

savitha ramesh said...

very healthy and tasty curry.love it.

swapna said...

Yummy and inviting curry...

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Hi there,
I've just found your blog and I'm a big fan of your recipes. They all seem so flavourful and delicious! I'm very excited to note some of them down and then cook them for my family!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Hello
I've just found your blog and I am a big fan of your recipes. They all seem so flavourful and delicious! I'm excited to cook some of them for my family.

Thanks!

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Mrs K said...

My husbnad loves bitter gourd and I try and find interesting recipes to prepare,this one sounds terrifc,I am guessing the tamarind will also absorb most of the bitterness and will leave just a hint of it,I can't wait to try this:)

Prathima Rao said...

The masala used for this karela dish looks fantastic!!! Totally loved it...Sure to try this out tomorrow..And thank u Prathiba for sharing this mouthwatering recipe..:)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Eat Hearty said...

Very Delicious!!!

Ankita
http://eat-hearty.blogspot.com/

Priyanka Agrawal said...

oh wow my mouth watered! i also bought karela yday. planning to make it stuffed. will post soon. ur versions lookd delish!

Anonymous said...

i tried the recipe,it came out well .thank u

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