Bitter Gourd is supposed to be healthy and even used in traditional medicine to control diabetes ! Even if it’s not a ‘wonder vegetable’ with medicinal properties, it is beneficial for all. The only problem is the bitter taste which can easily be neutralised by following this simple recipe. Take the whole bitter gourd pieces, wash in running water and soak in water for 30 minutes. Dry and rub salt on the external surface. Wash well after 30 mins. Cut into small, equal pieces.
For 500 gms, chop 2 small onions, take 2 tsps of chopped ginger, 2 and a half tsps of chopped garlic, 4 green cardamoms ( deseeded and coarsely ground), 2 chopped green chillies, 1 tbsp of coriander powder, 1 tsp of turmeric, salt to taste.
In a heavy pan, take 1 tbsp of ghee, add the chopped garlic when hot. In 20 seconds, add the ginger, stir, add chopped onions after 20 seconds.
Stir continuously till the onions are brown.
Add the green chillies, mix well for 30 seconds and add the chopped bitter gourd.
Stir well, add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, and salt to taste. Some people prefer to add salt at the end, but in my experience, it doesn’t matter when you’re cooking bitter gourd.
Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the coarsely ground green cardamom seeds and mix well. Cooked covered for another 5-7 minutes, till the vegetable is tender. Taste before taking it off the flame. Enjoy!
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