Many of us hate bitter gourd because of its bitterness, but you should be aware of its nutritional values, it is fond of Vitamin B elements, zinc, phosphorus and high in dietary fiber.
So this recipe not only good for diabetic patients but also weight conscious. It also acts as a blood purifier. Apart from this all, this recipe is low in bitterness as we tried to remove its bitterness by soaking in salt water.
Many of us think bitter gourd fry has less bitterness as its oil fried. So I also mentioned this recipe in my previous posts.
Bitter gourd – 2 (medium sized)
Coconut grated – 1/2 cup
Red gram (Toovar dal) – 1/2 cup
Chickpeas – 3/4 cup
Black gram (Urad dal) – 2 tsp.
Green Chillies – 3 no.
Tamarind paste – 1 1/2 tsp.
Coriander seeds – 1 1/2 tsp.
Dry red chillies – 3
Jaggery – small marble sized
Peppercorn – 1/4 tsp.
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Mustard seeds – a pinch
Curry leaves – 1 tsp.
Water – 2 cups
Tomato paste – 1 tsp. (Colouring agent, optional)
Oil – to saute
Salt – as per your taste
Preparation of Bitter gourd Pitlai Recipe:
- Slice bitter gourd and keep them in salt water for five minutes (optional)
- By soaking in salt water, bitterness reduces
- Heat oil and saute bitter gourd and green chillies.
- Add turmeric powder, tamarind paste, salt and 2 cups of water.
- Cook on low flame until tender.
- While it’s cooking, heat oil in a separate pan and add urad dal, red chillies, coriander seeds and peppercorns.
- Once they are roasted, add coconut grate and saute for a while.
- Grind above roast by adding tomato paste.
- Add this paste to bitter gourd.
- Add toovar dal and cook further for a while.
- Once done, take off from the flame.
- Heat few drops of oil and fry mustard seeds and curry leaves.
- Pour these seasonings over Bitter gourd Pitlai Recipe.