But like i said, everyone had finished telling me that i must snap out of the utopian world where there are only lazy people like me. And so, i did venture out of that wonderful wonderful world and boy! i m glad that i did. Only when i stepped into my kitchen, did i realise that life for me, cannot exist without those beautiful aromas and vibrant colors from the kitchen.
Recipe For Bitter Gourd Curry
( You can substitute the gourds with raw plantains or lady s finger.Cook the plantains for about 3 to 4 mins before you add them. In case you are using lady s fingers, then dont add any water. The jaggery can be avoided in case of plantain or okra. But you must add jaggery in case of bitter gourds. The peanuts are a lovely addition and add some more in case you like the crunch. But make sure you add them just before you serve or they go soggy.)
Bitter gourds thickly sliced and seeds removed 1 cup
Onions 2 medium thinly sliced
Oil 3 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Hing a large
Peanuts roasted and crushed 2 tbsp
Jaggery grated 2 to 3 tbsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Chickpea flour/kadala maavu/besan 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Coriander cumin powder 1 tsp
Chili powder 1 tsp
Aamchur powder 1/2 tsp
Cilantro leaves chopped finely 3 tbsp
How to make it?
Heat the oil in a kadai.
Add the cumin seeds. Once they splutter add the onions and saute till they are pink.
Next toss in the bitter gourd slices, combine and saute for 3 mins.
Now, add the spice powders and saute again for 30 secs on low flame. Add the chickpea flour. Combine.
Sprinkle about 2 tbsp of water and cook covered for 10 mins on low flame.
Now, add the grated jaggery and combine well.
Add salt and mix well.
Add the peanuts and cilantro just before serving.
Serve this delicious Bitter Gourd Curry with rotis or parathas or rice and dhal.