Can you believe that this is the first bitter gourd recipe in this blog. I am getting so many request from my viewers to post bitter gourd recipe. So here i am sharing my mom’s special recipe. Bitter gourd is one of the vegetable which retain its bitterness even after it is cooked. But this doesn’t even have a little bitterness in it. I dont know how it happened, may be it is because of cooking it in a pressure cooker or because of the jaggery and tamarind. But you have to trust me in this. So here you go to the recipe..
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 40 to 45 mins
Serves – 5 to 6
Onion – 1 large sliced
Bitter Gourd / Pavakai – 1 large cut in half and sliced
Toor Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu – 1/2 cup
Oil – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Tamarind Pulp – 3 tblspn or to taste (Click here for recipe)
Jaggery / Sarkarai – 3 tblspn or to taste
Chilli powder – 1 tblspn or to taste
Coriander powder / Malli podi – 2 tblspn
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi – 1 tsp
Oil – 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku – 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu -1 tsp
Curry leaves a spring
Coconut – 3 tblspn grated
Heat 1 tsp of oil in a kadai. Add in onions and bitter gourd and saute for 5 mins or so till it turn translucent.
Now take toor dal in a pressure cooker and add the sauted veggies in it. Cover with water and pressure cook it for 3 whistle. Simmer the cooker for 5 mins. Turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. Open the pressure cooker and mash the veggies and dal slightly.
Transfer this entire mixture into a kadai. Add in salt, tamarind pulp, jaggery, chilli pdr, coriander pdr, turmeric pdr and mix well.
Bring everything to a boil. Simmer the flame and let it cook for 15 mins.
Now make the seasoning. Heat oil and crackle mustard, urad dal, curry leaves and coconut. Fry it till golden.
Pour this over the curry and mix well.
Serve this with rice.
|Saute onions and bittergourd in a tsp of oil|
|saute till onions turn translucent|
|Take some toor dal|
|Add to pressure cooker and add water|
|Add the sauted veggies|
|put over fire|
|Now everything is cooked|
|Mash everything lightly|
|Pour it into a kadai|
|Add some tamarind juice|
|Season with salt|
|Add in jaggery|
|mix well..Let it simmer|
|Now make seasoning…Crackle mustard|
|add urad dal|
|fry it in oil|
|now the curry is done simmering|
|pour the seasoning|