Bitter gourd is a very healthy vegetable and is considered as a therapeutic vegetable, used mainly in controlling diabetes and weight reduction in Ayurveda. I have come up with this recipe to utilise fresh produce from my terrace garden. We are a bitter gourd loving family and my daughters are very fond of gourd in any form. I usually make dry curry or tawa fry but I tried my hand at this salad and everyone loved this as a side dish with rice and yellow dal.
Bitter gourd – 2 to 3
Onion – 1 to 2 (chopped)
Green chillies – 3
Turmeric – ½ tsp.
Lemon – ½
Coriander leaves – 1 tbl sp (chopped)
Coconut Oil – 1 tbl sp.
-Wash bitter gourd, make bite size pieces, including outer skin and inner seeds. Chop green chillies and put together.
– Sprinkle some salt, turmeric and mix nicely and keep aside for 10 minutes.
-Take one tawa, put oil. When it is hot, put marinated bitter gourd and chilli pieces and fry in a low flame until it is crisp.
– Cool this mixture. Add chopped onion, some more salt, lemon juice and mix nicely and serve.
-It is very simple to make and tastes really great with hot rice and dal.
I have harvested fresh bitter gourd from my green patch and I wanted to use them as fresh as possible.
So, the result is this dal. If you like methi leaves and bitter gourd, this is a must try dish. It surprisingly tasted really great and pairs really well with hot rice as well as Whole wheat roti.
In this recipe, I did two seasonings. At initial stage of cooking as well as at the end stage.
Toor dal – ½ cup
Chana dal /Bengal gram dal – ½ cup
Moong dal/green gram – ½ cup
Tomato – 1
Tamarind paste – ½ teaspoon
Coriander leaves – to garnish.
For first seasoning:
Oil – 1 table spoon ,Cumin – ½ teaspoon, Hing – ¼ tsp, Crushed garlic -7 to 8,Green chillies – 4 to 5, Curry leaves – 1 spring and Methi leaves – 1 fistful.
For Second seasoning:
Ghee – 1 table spoon, Bitter gourd – 1, red chilli powder – ½ tsp and curry leaves – 1 spring.
- Wash all the three dals and cook. I usually fry Moong dal before washing. If you like to fry, u can do that or use as it is.
- Cook this in cooker by adding sufficient water, little turmeric and drop of oil.
- Wash bitter gourd, chop this into bite size pieces and mix in little salt and keep aside.
- Chop tomatoes, methi leaves, green chillies and coriander leaves.
- Now do the first seasoning, take one thick vessel (I usually use clay pot), pour oil, when it is hot, add cumin, hing, crushed garlic, green chillies and curry leaves and fry for a while.
- Next add methi leaves and fry until it wilts.
- Add tomatoes, while frying add salt and cook till tomato becomes mushy.
- Add cooked dal, tamarind paste, required amount of water and boil.
- Once again, do the seasoning. Take all the materials under second seasoning.
- Heat the ghee, add salted bitter gourd bits and fry until it becomes brown, and Switch off the gas. Add red chilli powder, curry leaves to this hot ghee and pour this seasoning over the dal.
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
- Enjoy this dal with Rice or Roti.