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Hot Malabari Bitter Gourds

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  Bitter gourds 6 Large
  Onions 4 Large, finely chopped
  Tomatoes 4 Large, skinned and finely chopped
  Freshly chopped coriander 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Green chillies 6 , slit and deseeded
  Red chillies 4 , deseeded and ground
  Coriander seeds 1 Teaspoon, broiled and powdered
  Sesame seeds 1 Teaspoon, broiled and powdered
  Turmeric powder 1 Teaspoon
  Tamarind pulp 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Curry leaves sprigs 2
  Salt To Taste
  Mustard oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (adjust quantity as needed)

Scrape the bitter gourds and cut into two vertically and then slice each piece very thinly. Soak in salted water for 2 hours.
Heat 1/2 cup mustard oil, add the curry leaves and fry the onions and chillies well. When onions become soft and pink, add the bitter gourd, lower the heat and allow the vegetable to become soft and brown.
Sprinkle the turmeric, coriander and sesame powders over the vegetable and mix in the ground red chillies and add the tomatoes and cover and cook gently till they are done. Lastly add the tamarind pulp and chopped coriander and taste for salt.
Fry the mustard seeds in 1 teaspoon of oil and once they crackle, add them to the cooked bitter gourd.

Recipe Summary

Side Dish
Bitter Gourd

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