Karathe Koddel

                     Posting one more simple and easy recipe today with bitter gourds.This is my mother in laws recipe and is often prepared back home.But I had never tried it myself as only limited bitter gourd dishes was liked by my family, Now as my daughter has taken a liking to all the dishes prepared from it ,I prepared it a few days back and to my relief she loved it.Here’s the recipe for all the bitter gourd lovers.

Ingredients:-
  • 2 bitter gourds chopped into chunks,sprinkled salt and kept aside for around half an hour.
  • 1 cup of coconut
  • 5-6 roasted red chillies
  • A marble sized tamarind
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil as required
  • 10-12 garlic flakes
  • Jaggery.. a tbsp or two(optional)
Method:-
  1. Squeeze the bitter gourds to remove the extra bitterness and pressure cook it with little water for 1-2 whistles.
  2. Meanwhile grind coconut,red chiliies and tamarind to a smooth paste adding water.
  3. Once the pressure has released,transfer the cooked bitter gourds to a wide pan/vessel,along with the ground paste.
  4. Add water as required to attain required consistency
  5. Add salt and jaggery (if using) and allow it to boil for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Switch off the flame
  7. Heat oil and add crushed garlic flakes and fry to golden ,pour this over the curry and close it immediately with a lid so that the flavour and aroma is absorbed by the curry.
Serve with rice as an accompaniment.

Notes:-

  1. Don’t overcook the bitter gourds.
  2. Adding jaggery is optional,I have added it as I love the sweet bitter taste.
  3. The curry should neither be too spicy nor too mild.

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