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Bitter Gourd Kadhi

25 Jun

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Kakarakaya Challa Majjiga.

Bitter gourd is lightly scraped and chopped and can be boiled till soft or fried till cooked. Besan yogurt mixture is cooked in tempered oil along with cooked bitter gourd till the raw smell of the besan is gone.Served bitter gourd kadhi with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Bitter Gourd Kadhi.

Ingredients:

Bitter Gourd 1 Large
Thick Yogurt 1 Cup
Onion 1 Small
Besan 2 – 3 Tbsps
Green Chiles 2 – 3
Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

Talimpu:

Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 6
Broken Red Chiles 4
Oil 2 Tbsps

Method of preparation:

Whisk together yogurt, besan, turmeric powder and salt into smooth mixture with a cup of water.
Lightly scrape, remove ends, wash and chop bitter gourd into small chunks.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Peel and slice the onion.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add bitter gourd pieces and fry on low flame till bitter gourd turns golden brown in color.
Stir in onion and green chiles and fry again till onion turns translucent.
Reserve a spoonful of above mixture for garnish.
Then lower the flame, stir in besan yogurt mixture.
Cook on low flame stirring continuously until raw smell of the besan is gone (around 5 minutes).
If the mixture thickens a lot, add quarter cup of water and bring again to a bubble.
Garnish with reserved bitter gourd mixture and serve bitter gourd kadhi with plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure to cook the besan yogurt mixture well.

Suggestions: Alternatively, bring around a cup of water to boil, add bitter gourd and salt. Boil till bitter gourd pieces cook and turn translucent before adding to the besan mixture. Adjust the consistency of the kadhi with water.
Variations: You can also garnish with chopped cilantro if you wish.
Other Names: Kakarakaya Challa Majjiga, Bitter Gourd Kadhi.