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Jan 27, 2010

Spicy bittergourd- side dish for chapati

I have always loved the humble bittergourd even if it is detested by so many of them. It can be cooked and combined in so many ways that you can actually forget the bitter taste and enjoy it. Like in my stuffed bittergourd and now this one, the bittergourd gets blended with the spices, and you will actually love it. Try it to believe it!!

bittergourd masalaIngredients-
Bittergourds- 5-6 nos
Onion- 1 big chopped
Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Bayleaves- 1
Cinnamon stick- 1 small piece
Cloves- 2-3
Cardamom- 2-3
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Fennel seeds- 1tsp
Ginger- 1' chopped
Garlic- 2cloves chopped
Dried red chillies- 4-5
Coriander powder-1tsp or you can use fresh coriander seeds- 1tsp
Red chilly powder- 1tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Jaggery- a small piece
Turmeric powder- 1/2tsp
Oil- 1tbsp +1tsp

Method-

Cut the bittergourd into rings. Remove and discard the seeds. Add some salt and turmeric powder and leave it for around one hour. After an hour squeeze out the water completely.
Pour some oil in a pan. Shallow fry the bittergourd till golden brown and keep aside.
bittergourd masala Heat oil in another pan. Add the spices(red chillies, bayleaves, cinnamon,cloves,cardamom,and coriander seeds if adding) followed by ginger ,garlic and the onions. Saute for sometime. Now add the grated coconut and saute for one more minute. Cool and grind this to a paste.

bittergourd masalaHeat 1tsp of oil in a pan. Add the paste along with turmeric powder and salt along with coriander powder and red chilly powder if adding. Mix well and cook for around 5 minutes. Now add the bittergourd pieces. Mix well and add some water. Cook well till the bittergourd has blended with the spices in the gravy.Add a lump of jaggery and mix well.
Serve hot with hot chapatis.

35 comments:

Ms.Chitchat said...

Loved ur version of bittergourd. New to me, looks perfect with garam rotis. Pics are good and tempting.

Chitchat

Kitchen Flavours said...

Never had bitter gourd and roti combo....sounds yum....love the variation of Bitter Gourd recipe.....

Happy Cook said...

Bittergourd is one vag which i don't like at all, childhood drama i think.

Asha said...

Must try this next time I get Bitter Gourd, I only make stir fry usually. Looks yum.

Shama Nagarajan said...

different one dear..looks perfect

Priya said...

I never tried this sort of gravy with bittergourd, sounds interesting and the side dish looks fantastic..

Preeti Kashyap said...

Looks Lovely! shd try it soon...

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Health & delicious.

Vrinda said...

lov bitter gourd ...yummy curry,hav to try this

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Loved the color and texture of the gravy pa..

Soma Pradhan said...

Looks really spicy..Got to try thsi one out

Sarah Naveen said...

oh wow!!!! looks superb!!!!great dish for chapati...

Sucharitha said...

Thanks for the recipe. Was looking for bittergourd recipes as side dis to chapatis. Have had karelas in pitlays and poriyals only.

Tina said...

Never tried this before....Looks yummy..Perfect side dish...

Spice said...

I eat that plate anytime....In my house everone is a big fan of krelas(bittergourd)....In this kind I put some tomatoes also & no jaggery...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Not even thought a dish for chappathi using bitter gourd! Looks nice!

Parita said...

I have never seen bittergourd gravy curry before, usually we prepare dry curry with bittergourd. Looks promising!

Cham said...

I only do stir fry or kuzhambu! Very tasty with chapati!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Very nice bitter gourd recipe. Thanks for sharing dear.

Usha said...

Looks delicious and so healthy too !

Dershana said...

i love bittergourd in all forms! and specifically a gravy where it is in combination with jaggery. i think your dish sounds totally yum!

Preety said...

my husband is a big fan of bitter gourd so this will be perfect for him

LG said...

Next time I buy BG I know what to try. Curry looks spicy and yumm..

jayasree said...

Sounds delicious and my kind of curry - spicy.

Cilantro said...

I am not a big fan of bitter goud but my family does. My daughter too like it. Would love to try your version.

Rohini said...

Not a great fan of BG, but yours look so tasty!

Malar Gandhi said...

I like bitter gourd so much, they are vey healthy and tasteee...liked ur version lot better, I cud eat them all:):)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

I am a big fan of this dish... I love to have it with rice looks very rich and tempting I make it the same way but dont use cinnamon, cardamom and cloves love the way they have turned ou!!!

Varunavi said...

New combo roti with bitter gourd.i love bitter gourd

DEESHA said...

nice dish with bitter gourd

Cynthia said...

I want mine with rice please :)

Uma said...

looks sooo delicious and tempting.

Miri said...

I love bittergourd, in fact just posted last week on it - love your recipe and waiting to try it!

AdukalaVishesham said...

bitter gourd is one vegetable which i am not a big fan unless its crispy fried, but your recipe looks very delicious...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

very diff recipe. should try.

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