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Peanut and Bitter gourd Rassa

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Diced bittergourd, cooked in a flavourful, aromatic gravy with peanuts..these act as a crunch in this recipe. Do note that I have added some coconut and jaggery in this recipe (which aint recommended much for diabetics)…but my dad is fussy…so as long as he is having bittergourd, I add a little for his satisfaction.
  Coriander seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Dried red chillies 6
  Poppy seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Sesame seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Tamarind 10 Gram (1 small lemon sized ball)
  Chana dal 1 Teaspoon
  Urad dal 1 Teaspoon
  Black peppercorns 6
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm)
  Coconut 2 Tablespoon, coarsely chopped
  Bitter gourd 2 Small, thinly sliced
  Peanuts 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), boiled with salt
  Salt To Taste
  Toovar dal 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), boiled
  Jaggery To Taste (as required)
  Oil 2 Teaspoon
  Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch (large pinch)
  Turmeric powder 1 Pinch

1. In a medium sized bowl, combine bitter gourd and salt. Mix well and keep aside for ½ hour.
2. Squeeze out excess bitterness and keep aside.

3. In a medium sized kadhai, heat 1 teaspoon oil.
4. Once hot, add bitter gourd and turmeric powder and sauté on a medium flame for few minutes.
5. Add 1/3 cup water and mix well. Cover and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes or till gourd is half cooked.
6. Add prepared paste, 1/3 cup water and mix well. Bring to a boil.
7. Once boiled, reduce flame and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
8. Add dal, peanuts, jaggery (optional), salt, asafoetida powder and simmer for 5 more minutes.
9. Transfer on to a serving bowl.
10. In a tempering pan, heat remaining oil and add mustard seeds.
11. When they crackle, add curry leaves and pour over prepared gravy.

12. Serve hot with whole wheat or multi grain roti.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Having bitter gourd as a main course can be taxing..especially when you have diabetics at home….they seem to run away from that vegetable all the time…but I have devised a way in which my father cant away with his usual excuses…these days, he doesn’t seem to mind much when this veggie is on the table.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 250 Calories from Fat 118

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14 g21.5%

Saturated Fat 3.7 g18.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 115.1 mg4.8%

Total Carbohydrates 26 g8.6%

Dietary Fiber 9.8 g39.3%

Sugars 3.5 g

Protein 10 g20.6%

Vitamin A 15.8% Vitamin C 108.6%

Calcium 13.8% Iron 23.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Peanut And Bitter Gourd Rassa Recipe