I have cooked bittergourd in a number of ways and it has always been our favourite. Its the best side dish for chapatis. Infact, we tend to have few more rotis whenever I cook the bitter bittergourd!! Not many would rave about this bittergourd like me!! Isn’t it? But thats the truth.
Though the spicy recipe with gravy or the stuffed ones continues to be our favourite, the dry version also makes its way to our platter once in a while.
The other day, when I was going through Raaga’s recipe of bittergourd, I was actually reminded of my recipe which I hadn’t made for a very long time. I took the idea of steaming the bittergourd from her blog, which otherwise, I would have added a little more oil and cooked the bittergourd that way as I usually do. But it takes a little more of my time. Thanks Raaga.
This recipe is easy and quick to make when compared to the other recipes, tastes great too!!
Slice the bittergourd into thin round pieces. Add some turmeric powder and salt. Mix well. Keep it aside for atleast 30 minutes. Now squeeze out the water completely. This is to reduce the bitter taste of the bittergourd. Now steam the bittergourd in a cooker (without the weight) or in microwave for 6 minutes.
Heat oil in pan. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. After it crackles, add the sliced onions and crushed garlic. Saute well till it turns brown. Now add the steamed bittergourd pieces along with coriander powder, red chilly powder, garam masala and tamarind paste. Add salt accordingly. Mix well. Add the jaggery. Cook for around 5 more minutes. Now sprinkle some powdered peanuts. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Notes-1. You can also add grated coconut which is totally optional.
2. For the peanuts,dry roast them for 5 minutes. Deskin them and powder them in a mixer coarsely.
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