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Bitter Gourd with Besan

17 Sep

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Kakarakaya Senagapindi Vepudu.

Bitter gourd is scraped and sliced into thin circles. Bitter gourd slices are then fried in oil once boiled in water with tamarind. Once bitter gourd is brown in color, gram flour is added. Serve bitter gourd fry with besan over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Bitter Gourd with Besan.

Ingredients:

Bitter Gourd 2 Medium
Besan / Gram Flour 4 Tbsps
Tamarind 2 inch Piece
Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 Tbsp

Method of preparation:

Lightly scrape, wash and remove the ends of the bitter gourd.
Chop the bitter gourd into thin circles.

Bring to boil a cup of water, add tamarind and bitter gourd slices.
Boil till bitter gourd slices turn soft but not over cooked.
Strain the bitter gourd and discard the tamarind.

Heat oil in pan, add cooked bitter gourd pieces.
Fry for couple of minutes to let bitter gourd slices turn light brown around the ends.
Stir in besan and cook on low flame for a minute or two or until besan loses its raw smell.
Stir in red chili powder and salt.
Serve bitter gourd fry with besan over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure bitter gourd is cooked well before removing from the water.

Suggestions: If bitter gourd is not cooked properly, cook covered in the pan till done. Add more oil if necessary while frying the bitter gourd.
Variations: Try other bitterĀ gourd recipes here.
Other Names: Bitter Gourd with Besan, Kakarakaya Senagapindi Vepudu.