When I go shopping, I have a habit of picking up any vegetable that catches my fascination. Most of the time, I don’t even know what I am going to do with it. Few days ago, I picked up some bitter gourds from Indian store. After they sat in fridge for a while, I asked aayi if she has any new recipe with it. She gave me the recipe for “Karathe Bendi” (D in bendi is pronounced as ‘th’ in ‘this’) – A Konkani dish, which I had never tasted before. Unfortunately I did not write it down, by the time I started cooking, I remembered only some parts of the recipe. So I cooked this based on some guess work. It came out really good. Finally I have found something with bitter gourd that we both enjoy.
1 cup bitter gourd(karathe)
1/2 cup onion
1 tea spn chilli powder
1/4 tea spn tamarind
1 tea spn jaggery(optional)
2 tea spns chopped garlic
Cut bitter gourd into small pieces. Add some salt and keep aside for 15mins. Squeeze off the juices (this step removes the bitterness, but removes a lot of health benefits of this vegetable too. For this dish, this step is not actually necessary).
Heat oil and add onions. Fry them till they turn brownish. Add bitter gourd, salt(if it was added before, be careful while adding salt again), red chilli powder and fry till bitter gourd is cooked. Add tamarind and jaggery. Mix well and cook till jaggery is melted and mixed well.
In another pan, heat oil and add chopped garlic. Fry till they are brownish. Add this to the bitter gourd. Serve hot.
Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20mins