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 Pitlai, Pavakkai Pitlai Recipe, Pakarkaai Pitlai, Kathirikai Pitlai
- Bitter gourd - 2 no. medium sized
- Coconut grated - 1/2 cup
- Red gram Toovar dal - 1/2 cup
- Chickpeas - 3/4 cup
- Black gram Urad dal - 2 tbsp.
- Green Chillies - 3 no.
- Tamarind paste - 1 1/2 tsp.
- Coriander seeds - 1 1/2 tsp.
- Dry red chilies - 3 no.
- Jaggery - small marble sized
- Peppercorn - 1/4 tbsp.
- Turmeric powder - a pinch
- Mustard seeds - a pinch
- Curry leaves - 1 tsp.
- Water - 2 cups
- Tomato paste - 1 tbsp. Colouring agent, optional
- Oil - to saute
- Salt - as per your taste
- 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 chilies.
- 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 chilies, 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.