Monday, October 17, 2011

Dhal And Bitter Gourd Curry

Bitterness is never appreciated. Not as far as I know because bitterness in life is painful and emotional. Of course I know, so stop asking me how I know. I've gone through my share of bitterness, but I suppose the only way we can stay strong is to reap the sweetness once we are able to digest the bitterness. For every episode in our life, bitterness is the first experience before we learn, before we move on and before we accept the reality that nothing comes easy in life. Aha! Nava K and her wise crack, always yea?

I'm actually trying to connect bitterness to bitter gourd before sharing with you this dhal bitter gourd curry (Bitter Gourd Prawn Curry). Phew! Bitterness in bitter gourd is akin the same for its healthy benefits, and dhal is the core essential ingredient for Indian dishes. Says it all I bet (Dalca, Tanni Saar, Sambar & Fish Sambar). I hope I have convinced you on making this dhal bitter gourd curry. Take care everyone.

1 1/2 cup dhal/lentils - soaked for an hour.
 1 tsp turmeric powder
5 Indian bitter gourd - remove seeds and sliced. 
2 red  & 1 green chilli - sliced into 3-4 pieces
6 shallots - remove skin
6 garlic - remove skin
1 tsp cumin seeds 
3 sprigs curry leaves
2 tbsp oil
1/2 lime - extract juice
1/2 liter of water
Salt to taste

Simmer dhal with turmeric powder and 1 liter of water till half cooked.
Add bitter gourd, chillies, shallots and garlic.
Let it simmer; to soften gourd. 
Heat oil in a pan and when heated, very quickly fry cumin and curry leaves.
Tip into dhal mixture.
Stir in lime juice and season with salt.
Remove from heat.
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  1. ooo didnt know that can use Bitter gourd to make curry. I wonder how the curry taste like

  2. First time saw this curry bitter gourd.I wonder how it taste too.

  3. I didn't know you could eat gourd! I've never even tried as I thought you couldn't. I bet this warms you up on a cold evening!

  4. I love bitter gourd! This sounds like a great curry, Nava!

  5. hi nava, simply delicious, an appetizer for me. good recipe for me to try and eat bitter gourd more often

  6. Congrats on your Top 9!!! Such exciting news!

    And how interesting that bitter gourd is helpful controlling blood sugars. I'm not sure I've ever seen that ingredient in our markets, but I'm going to keep looking~

  7. I don't have bitter melon for long time,,,i bet this taste good with curry and bay leaf.

  8. I love curry, but I've never had bitter gourd....I'm curious as to the taste as well. It it truly bitter? sour? or does it get mild with cooking?

  9. This curry sounds really tasty - and good to know the health benefits of it too =)

  10. It's interesting to see this dish. So u gals don't remove the skin before cooking? Mmmm.... is it bitter?

  11. Thanks for all the comments everyone.
    As for the taste - slightly bitter though.
    Shirley - no need to remove the skin as this is how I have been cooking the bitter gourd.
    Very good for diabetics as natural remedy.

  12. I only know a few bitter gourd recipes so thanks for this one I have another one to make

  13. A beautiful recipe, perfect for a nice meal. It seems really rich in flavor and I love the fact that it has a lot of vegetables.

  14. I use to make this but I cut bitter gourd in to tiny pieces

  15. WOW! This looks so healthy and flavorful!

  16. Lovely... we do it too from spring to summer ... yours look 👌👌


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