Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bitter Gourd Rasam [RECIPE]

Very Tangy and unlike the name - not bitter at all! Do try it and am sure you are going to like this. This is a great way to serve bitter gourd to children.



Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium sized Bitter Gourd
  • 2 tbsp  Tamarind Paste (I have used Mother's brand)
  • 1.5 tbsp jaggery
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Rasam powder
  • A pinch Turmaric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp oil
For Tempering:
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida (Hing)
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 2 dried red chilis
Method:
  1. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and asafoetida.
  2. When seeds crackle, add dried red chili and curry leaves .
  3. In  a small bowl mix together tamarind paste , jaggery , red chili powder , rasam powder, turmeric powder and little water. Mix well.
  4. Add this mixture to the pan. 
  5. Add finely chopped bitter gourd pieces, coriander leaves , salt and cook with lid covered till they are soft. 
  6. Add 1 cup of water and cook with lid covered for 5-6 minutes. 
  7. Serve hot with rice, papad and pickle.

Tip:
  • After chopping the bitter gourd , sprinkle some salt and keep them aside. Salt will take the bitterness away. you can squeeze the salt water and use the bitter gourd. 
  • You can add some coconut milk at the end and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.