Most of us don’t like this healthy vegetable as it tastes bitter. But frying this vegetable is a good recipe to try .Bitter gourd is cut into thin rounds, steamed and then fried in oil. Adding green chillies and curry leaves helps to reduce bitterness and get better taste. It goes well along with curd rice and also with boiled rice as side dish.
Bitter gourd has got many health benefits. It helps in blood purification and reduction in overweight, which is a serious problem nowadays. This is one of the simplest recipe of bitter gourd which you can try at your home for your loved ones.
First let’s see the ingredients for this preparation.
Fresh bitter gourd – 200 g
Green chillies slit – 10
Chopped shallots – 3
Curry leaves – 2 sprig
Coconut oil – 1/2 cup
Salt powder – 1 tablespoon
Method of preparation
Wash,wipe and cut the bitter gourd into thin rounds
Mix the bitter gourd with salt and all the other ingredients,except coconut oil. Mix well with your hand and cook on low heat without using any water for 10 minutes. Take off from fire.
Frying of Bitter gourd
Heat ½ cup coconut oil. Stir in 2 tablespoon of cooked bitter gourd and fry till it becomes crisp. Remove and fry the remaining bitter gourd also the same way. The chillies also should be fried crisp. If tender chillies are used, use double the number of chillies. Don’t throw away the chillies as it is very nice to be eaten crisp with the bitter gourd.
Please note bitter gourd can be cooked and stored in the fridge for a week. It can be fried as and when required.