Bitter Gourd (Bitter Melon) Roast

I do have a few strange taste buds which happen to love bitter gourd, but only when made the way my mom makes it…

The name of this vegetable says it all, it’s terribly bitter. Don’t even think of eating this vegetable raw, you will need lots of sugar than you think to have your mouth back to normal. However, this bitter vegetable is packed with amazing nutrients and is excellent for diabetic patients. Juice of bitter gourd has been used as a home remedy for many diseases.

If you are diabetic, you should seriously consider including bitter gourd in your diet as bitter Gourd contains a hypoglycemic compound that helps in lowering the sugar levels in blood and urine. The most effective way is to drink bitter gourd juice in the morning on empty stomach to keep the diabetes in control. I know it sucks, but you have to do it for the sake of your health.

Bitter gourd is widely available in India. It is used in Indian cooking a lot regardless of its bitterness just for the nutrients it has. When my mom makes bitter gourd at home, she used to cook in such a way that the bitterness of this vegetable was covered by adding tamarind juice and jaggery to it.

The amazing thing about this dish is that you get to enjoy all possible tastes from this dish: bitterness, sweetness, tanginess and spiciness.

Bitter Gourd Roast: the way my mom makes it

Ingredients:

  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Onions, chopped- 2 small sized
  • Tomato, chopped- 2 small sized
  • Bitter gourd, chopped, deseeded- 2
  • Chili powder- 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Tamarind juice, fresh- 3 tbsp, soak 2 inch slice tamarind in 1/4 cup warm water
  • Jaggery or brown sugar- 1 to 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil- 1 tbsp

Instruction:

  • If using fresh tamarind juice: soak 2 inch slice tamarind in 1/4 cup warm water for 5 minutes, squeeze the tamarind in water to get the juice out of it using your fingers. Strain the juice and discard seeds and skin.
  • Place a wide pan over medium heat, add the oil and add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  • Add the onions along with little salt and saute till tender.
  • Add the curry leaves to the onions.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook till it turns mashed.

  • Now, add the chopped bitter gourd and cook covered till the bitter gourd turns tender.

  • After the bitter gourd turns tender, add chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and coriander powder.
  • Saute, add the tamarind juice and jaggery or brown sugar to the cooked bitter gourd.
  • Cover the pan and cook for another 10-15 minutes by adding little water to prevent from burning.

  • Taste it and add more jaggery or brown sugar, tamarind juice if you need.
  • Combine everything, and stir fry till any water dries off.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl.

  • This could be served as a side dish along with plain rice or rotis.

Note:

  • If you are using concentrated tamarind paste, don’t add 3tbsp of it, use less may be 1/2-1 tsp or according to your needs.

Tips:

  • Bitter gourd is available in almost all Indian stores, if not fresh you could find frozen ones.
  • Remove the seeds from the bitter gourd and chop it.
  • This dish is not completely bitter free.
  • Jaggery or brown sugar and tamarind juice will give a sweet and tangy taste to this dish.

 

 
Bitter Gourd (Bitter Melon) Roast
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian
 
Ingredients
  • Mustard seeds- ½ tsp
  • Onions, chopped- 2 small sized
  • Tomato, chopped- 2 small sized
  • Bitter gourd, chopped, deseeded- 2
  • Chili powder- 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Tamarind juice, fresh- 3 tbsp, soak 2 inch slice tamarind in ¼ cup warm water
  • Jaggery or brown sugar- 1 to 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
Instructions
  1. If using fresh tamarind juice: soak 2 inch slice tamarind in ¼ cup warm water for 5 minutes, squeeze the tamarind in water to get the juice out of it using your fingers. Strain the juice and discard seeds and skin.
  2. Place a wide pan over medium heat, add the oil and add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  3. Add the onions along with little salt and saute till tender.
  4. Add the curry leaves to the onions.
  5. Add the tomatoes and cook till they are cooked well.
  6. Add the chopped bitter gourd and cook covered till the bitter gourd turns tender.
  7. After the bitter gourd turns tender, add chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and coriander powder.
  8. Saute, add the tamarind juice and jaggery or brown sugar to the cooked bitter gourd.
  9. Cover the pan and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes by adding little water to prevent from burning.
  10. Taste and add more jaggery or brown sugar, tamarind juice if you need.
  11. Combine everything, and stir fry till the water dries off.
  12. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  13. This could be served as a side dish along with plain rice or rotis.
Notes
If you are using concentrated tamarind paste, don't add 3tbsp of it, use less may be ½-1 tsp or according to your needs.

Bitter gourd is available in almost all Indian stores, if not fresh you could find frozen ones.

Remove the seeds to make it less bitter.

Jaggery or brown sugar and tamarind juice will give a sweet and tangy taste to this dish.

 

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