Anyways, got into her good grace again and here I am with another recipe.
This one is specially for nmlarson and muckyai.
Sweet spicy and savory bitter gourd curry
3 good sized bitter gourds (bitter melons)
10 curry leaves
2 dried red chilies
a pinch of cumin seeds
a pinch of mustard seeds
1 tsp chana dal
1 large Onion finely chopped
chopped spicy peppers (according to your taste)
1 tsp salt
a pinch of turmeric
a pinch of masala/curry powder
2 tsp dried coconut powder
2 tsp sugar
half a cup of oil.
Take 3 good sized bitter gourds ( you can find them in any Indian grocery store)
Wash them with salt water. roughly scrape off the ridges from the skin as shown. This will help in reducing the bitter taste.
Chop them into thin rings or semi circles.
In a shallow pan, take oil just enough to shallow fry the bitter guard pieces
Fry till the pieces look crispy enough.
Remove the pieces from the oil and set them aside.
In the remaining oil in the same pan ( add oil if necessary), fry cumin seeds, mustard seeds, chana dal and dried chilies on low flame till the mustard seeds start to splutter. Add curry leaf and fry for half a minute.
Add chopped onions and chopped spicy peppers to the pan. Turn the heat to medium flame.
Add salt and turmeric and masala/curry powder. Cook till onions turn golden brown (translucent).
Once onions are cooked, add dried coconut powder
Cook for 2 more minutes or till the the rawness is gone from the coconut powder
Add the fried bitter guard pieces back to pan.
Mix well and cook for 5 min. Add sugar, reduce the flame and cook for 3 more minutes on low flame.
Sweet,Spicy,Savory and a very healthy bitter gourd curry is ready.
Where's the good curry base recipes? I love me some Currys and all my curries I've made were from powders or pastes from the grocery stores which I know wouldn't even hold a candle to all of our fresh peppers we all got!
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