Bittergourd: The bitter, the better !!!
Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber. It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana.Bitter melon contains a unique phyto-constituent that has been confirmed to have a hypoglycemic effect called charantin. There is also another insulin-like compound known as polypeptide P which have been suggested as insulin replacement in some diabetic patients.
Here is a hot-hot dish.Trust me,it doesn’t taste bitter.Just wash your cut gourd pieces in a solution of turmeric powder and salt.This will help in better cleaning and also,removing the bitterness of the vegetable,Also,the sugar added to the dish greatly enhances the flavour,thereby taking away all the bitterness!
Bitter gourd- 1
Small onion-4 nos
Tamarind-small lemon sized
Kashmiri chilly powder-2 tbspn
Turmeric powder-1/2 tspn
Fennel seeds-1/4 tspn
Cut and clean gourd pieces.Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds.Add sliced onions,ginger-garlic-green chillies and curry leaves.Add sugar.Keep stirirng until oinion turns brown.Now add washed gourd pieces.Saute until they become tender and side starts to become brown.Add half of diced tomato pieces.In a mixer,grind together chilly powder,turmeric powder,small onions,fennel seeds and remaining half of the tomato.Add this to sautng mixture in the pan.When it comes to boil,add tamarind pulp(soak tamarind in water for 5-10 mnts).Add salt..Now cook on low flame until gravy thickens..Trust me,this is a very easy and tasty dish,best one with least bitterness of bitter gourd:-)Good luck!!