Stuffed bitter gourd

One of my readers asked me for this recipe. I was a bit hesitant to try this because I am not a big fan of bitter gourd. But since it is good for health, I use it once in a while. Whenever I use it, I chop it finely and fry it well to remove bitterness. But for this, I had to use the whole bitter gourd.

I tried this last week and as I said it was bit difficult to remove bitterness. But I know many people who like the bitterness of bitter gourd. So this recipe is for these bitter gourd lovers. The stuffing is very tasty and I liked this dish.

I don’t have good pictures of this. Somehow when I started taking pictures, my hand was shaking. I prepared it again day before yesterday just to take pictures, but still I am not very happy with it.

1 bitter gourd
¼ cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped tomato
½ tea spn cumin seeds
3-4 curry leaves
A pinch turmeric
½ tea spn chili powder
3-4 strands coriander leaves
½ tea spn grated ginger
½ tea spn finely chopped garlic

Put a cut in bitter gourd and scoop out all seeds. Apply generous amount of salt to both inside outside and leave it for around 2-3hrs.

Heat oil and add cumin seeds. Add curry leaves, onion, ginger, garlic and tomato, fry for around 5mins. Don’t let tomato to become paste. Add chili powder, salt, coriander leaves and turmeric powder. Mix well and remove from heat.
Squeeze bitter gourd as much as possible to remove the white colored water out of it. Wash it well.
Stuff the onion-tomato mixture in it. Heat oil in a pan and fry this on a medium flame till the outer skin becomes almost black.

While serving, make 2-3 pieces of it and serve.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 35mins


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