- Bitter Gourd – 2
- Tamarind Paste – 1/2 Cup
- Jaggery – 2 Tbsp
- Curry Leaves
- Mustard Seeds
- Oil – 1 Tbsp
- Sambar Powder – 1 and 1/2 tsp
- Coconut grated – 1/2 cup
How To Make:
Wash and split open the Bitter Gourd with a knife to remove the seeds. Now cut the Bitter Gourd into small pieces.
Grind Coconut and Sambar powder in a mixer grinder with some water to prepare a smooth Sambar paste.
Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a pan and follow the steps below sequentially -
a) Add mustard seeds. Wait until the mustard seeds splutter.
b) Add Curry leaves. Fry curry leaves for a minute.
c) Add cut Bitter Gourd pieces. Fry in low flame for about 2 min and close the pan with lid to cook for 7-8 min till Bitter Gourd pieces are cooked properly and turn a bit soft.
d) Add Tamarind paste, Jaggery and Salt and fry for couple of minutes.
e) Add the Sambar paste (see above) to the mixture and boil for 2-3 minutes. If needed add water to the Gravy and boil for some more minutes.
Remove from the flame. The Bitter Gourd curry is now ready to be served.
This gravy curry can have with Chapathi and also with plain rice. This is a good mixture of bitter, sweet and sour tastes and hence is one of my family favorite curries.