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Bitter Gourd Fry

23 Jan

Bitter Gourd Fry.

Bitter gourd is sliced and boiled in water along with tamarind till soft. Oil is tempered with cumin seeds and onion and potato are cooked. Cooked bitter gourd is added to the oil and briefly fried. Finally bitter gourd fry is finished with powdered spices.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Bitter Gourd Fry.


Bitter Gourd 1 Large
Potato 1
Onion 1 Small
Tamarind 1 inch sized ball
Cumin Powder 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder 1/2 tsp
Red Chile Powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder a big Pinch
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Peel and thinly slice the potato.
Peel and slice the onion.
Wash, remove ends and chop bitter gourd into thin circles.
Heat a cup of water in a sauce pot, add bitter gourd slices, tamarind and turmeric powder.
Boil the water till bitter gourd slices turn soft but not mushy.
Strain the bitter gourd slices and discard the tamarind.

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and then sliced onion and potato.
Fry till potato is soft and onion is translucent.
Stir in cooked bitter gourd slices, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chile powder and salt.
Fry for a minute or two and remove from heat.
Serve bitter gourd fry with plain steamed rice.
Notes: Make sure bitter gourd is cooked properly.

Suggestions: If bitter gourd is not cooked properly, put them back on heat, sprinkle few splashes of water and cook covered on medium flame till done. Adjust red chile powder for spice.
Variations: You can also steam the bitter gourd slices along with potato cubes and temper them once cooked.
Other Names: Bitter Gourd Fry, Bitter Gourd Potato Fry.