Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bitter Gourd & Potato Curry



Pongal is the harvest or thanks giving festival celebrated by Tamils where ever they are. Pongal is spread over 4 days with yesterday being the first.  My day was the usual of waking up early, lighting up the oil lamp in my altar and at the stipulated auspicious time, I boiled milk with rice, brown sugar, raisins, cashew nuts and cardamom. This sweetened rice dish, known as Pongal is done in the sunlight, dedicated and offered to the Sun god, Surya. Therefore, Pongal food is cooked to convey regards and say thanks to god for prosperity. Anyway, my recipe today is not on how to make Pongal.  It’s a vegetarian curry to coincide with Pongal festival because many observe vegetarian diet for the 4 days. 

Some people find it hard to digest bitter gourd but let me tell you that once the curry is prepared, the bitter taste is mild and mellow. The impact of the bitterness of gourd can also be reduced with a neutral tasting ingredient and for that, I added potatoes. If you have been avoiding bitter gourd, I can assure you that the pleasant combination of piquant and spicy flavors of this curry will drive away the fear of eating it.   

Ingredients
3-4 medium size Indian bitter gourd - remove seeds and sliced
2 medium size potatoes - cut into medium size pieces
2 tomatoes - sliced thinly
1 red onion - sliced thinly
5 garlic - sliced thinly
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek/halba seeds
3-4 sprigs curry leaves
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
2-3 tbsp curry powder - mix with water for a thick paste
1-2 tbsp tamarind juice
1/2 liter water
4 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

Method
When oil is heated, sauté onion and garlic.
Add mustard and fenugreek seeds.
Stir and when seeds start to splatter,
Add curry paste and continue to stir until oil splits.
Put in all the rest of the ingredients except coconut milk.
Stir and pour in water. 
Continue to cook until the gourd and potatoes are cooked.
Pour in coconut milk and gently stir all in.
Just as curry starts to bubble, remove from heat. 


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8 comments:

  1. bitter gourd potato curry.. this is nice..
    I normally drink bitter gourd juice 1x/2wk..
    good for detoxification...

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  2. nt really like bitter ground >.< but never try it together with curry maybe it will be nice ~

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  3. Nice curry with my fav veggie,never tried with potato,sounds like a gr8 combo...

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  4. I like the sound of this curry, it is a different but tasty combo :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. I love your combo of bittergourd and potato next time when I buy bitter gourd I will try this curry.

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  6. So interesting...I never thought in cooking bitter gourd with curry...something that I might try.
    Have a great week Nava!

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  7. MMm should be very good. Never had it with bittergourd before

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  8. This is interesting. Never tasted bitter gourd curry before though I am certain I will love it since I love bitter gourd as a general rule.

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