Monday, October 17, 2011

Dhal And Bitter Gourd Curry

Dhal can be cooked practically in million ways. All depends on which and how you prefer. For me, one day, this style, next day, another style and alternatively, just repeat the same style. Usually, after a busy day at work, I come back home and look through the ingredients I have stocked up.

And that precisely at times is the deciding factor too. I had bitter gourds in the fridge, as well as the rest of the ingredients. I used to hate bitter gourd when I was younger but now that age has caught up, I eat without complaining because its so good for health, also a remedy for my other half's diabetes.

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!


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