Bitter gourd – 2 medium / 2 cups
Onions – 1 medium
Tomato – 1 medium
Mustard Seeds, Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
curry leaves handful
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Tamarind extract – 2 tsp
Oil – 2 tsp
How to make the bitter gourd curry
Wash and chop the bitter gourds as julienne.
Heat a pan with oil, add mustard, urad dal and curry leaves. Saute for couple of mins, then add the chopped onions, continue sauteing till the onions turn colour
Then add the chopped tomatoes, salt, turmeric. Mix well and simmer. Let the tomatoes get soft.
Next add the red chili powder, coriander powder. Combine all and sprinkle little water on it for the tomatoes to get very mushy. Now add bitter gourd pieces and saute well.
Let this get well mixed, now add the tamarind extract and continue boiling. Add 1/2 cup water and let it boil and then simmer so that the vegetable gets cooked and water is all evaporated.
Normally bitter gourd is either dry roasted or par boiled to remove excess bitterness. In this curry we have not done that as we are adding tamarind extract, which will balance the bitterness.
The curry is supposed to be dry saute with the masala clinging to the vegetable.