Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bitter Gourd kootu

  Bitter gourds are very low in calories but is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber. This curry tastes delicious and reduces the bitter taste. This is suggested as insulin replacement in some diabetic patients.

Serves up to 4

1 cup of Bengal gram(channa dhal)
2 cups of chopped bitter gourd
1 onion
2 tomatoes
2 green chilies
1 small cup of yogurt
1 tbsp of grated coconut
1/2  inch of cinnamon
2 cloves
1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of sambhar powder
1 teaspoon of mustard
1 teaspoon of cumin
coriander for garnish
1 tbsp of oil
salt as required


1.Pressure cook channa dhal till it is soft. Add oil to preheated pan, add mustard and cumin. Once cumin sputters, add finely chopped onion and green chilies. Saute till the onion turns golden brown.
2. Add tomatoes and saute for 3 minutes. Add turmeric, sambhar powder and little salt, saute for a minute. Add bitter gourd, saute well for 5 minutes.
3.Add little water and close the lid. Cook till it is 75% done. Add cooked channa dhal and salt. Once the bitter gourd is cooked, add coconut. Add the crushed cinnamon and cloves, cook for another 5 minutes in medium flame. Garnish with coriander leaves.
5.Switch off the burner and add yogurt. 
6.Mix well and serve with roti/ rice.

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