Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sweet and Sour Bitter Gourd - Khatta Meetha Karela

Sweet and Sour Bitter Gourd - Khatta Meetha Karela, as the name suggest this dish is little tangy, sweet and spicy. If you make the bitter gourd this way, I hope those who hate it also would like it. I like bitter gourd since my childhood and so as my elder son. My younger one has not started to eat bitter gourd yet. This goes well as a side dish for rice. If you want this curry to be little saucy, you can stop cooking when it has some gravy left. I like it dry, so I cooked till it is dry.

Sweet and Sour Bitter Gourd - Khatta Meetha Karela

Preparation Time : 15 Minutes | Cooking Time : 20 Minutes | Serves : 4

Bitter Gourd / Karela - 300 gm.
Onion (Big) - 1 No.
Tomato - 1 No.
Tamarind - 1/2 Goose berry size
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp.
Chili Powder - 1 tsp.
Coriander Powder - 1/2 t sp.
Jaggery - 1 tbsp.
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Urad Dal - 1/4 tsp.
Oil - 1 tbsp.
Salt to taste

1. Keep all the ingredients ready to make Sweet and Sour Bitter Gourd - Khatta Meetha Karela.
a. Clean and cut the bitter gourd into half circles.
b. Chop the onion and tomato.
c. Soak the tamarind in warm water for 15 minutes and extract its pulp.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and urad dal. When the mustard seeds splutter, add the chopped onion and saute till it turns transparent.
3. Add the chopped tomato and saute till it becomes soft. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and salt. Mix well and cook till the tomato becomes mushy and the raw smell of masalas vanish.
4. Add the bitter gourd and mix it well. Saute the bitter gourd for 2 minutes and add the tamarind extract, mix it well.
5. Add enough water to cook the bitter gourd. Let the bitter gourd cook in the tamarind water.
6. Once the bitter gourd is cooked and water dries up, add the jaggery and mix it well till it is completely dissolved. Switch off the flame.

Sweet and Sour Bitter Gourd - Khatta Meetha Karela is ready to serve. Serve it as an accompaniment for rice dishes.

Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd
  • Helps to boost the immune system
  • Helps to treat diabetes
  • Keeps the skin healthy
  • Contains anti-cancer properties

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