Bitter gourd is a very healthy vegetable and is considered as a therapeutic vegetable, used mainly in controlling diabetes and weight reduction in Ayurveda. I have come up with this recipe to utilise fresh produce from my terrace garden. We are a bitter gourd loving family and my daughters are very fond of gourd in any form. I usually make dry curry or tawa fry but I tried my hand at this salad and everyone loved this as a side dish with rice and yellow dal.
Bitter gourd – 2 to 3
Onion – 1 to 2 (chopped)
Green chillies – 3
Turmeric – ½ tsp.
Lemon – ½
Coriander leaves – 1 tbl sp (chopped)
Coconut Oil – 1 tbl sp.
-Wash bitter gourd, make bite size pieces, including outer skin and inner seeds. Chop green chillies and put together.
– Sprinkle some salt, turmeric and mix nicely and keep aside for 10 minutes.
-Take one tawa, put oil. When it is hot, put marinated bitter gourd and chilli pieces and fry in a low flame until it is crisp.
– Cool this mixture. Add chopped onion, some more salt, lemon juice and mix nicely and serve.
-It is very simple to make and tastes really great with hot rice and dal.