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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Karathe godi bendhi (Bitter gourd sweet & spicy curry)


This is another forgotten recipe of Konkani people.  My grand mother (Mamamma) used to prepare this.  This curry is rare combo of spicy, sweetness and sourness.  Karathe (bitter gourd) and ‘bimbul” (bilimbi fruit) are the main ingredients.  We can use tamarind or raw mango instead of “bimbul” but it tastes excellent with bimbul.
 


Ingredients

Karathe/kaipakka    --  2 nos diced

Bimbul/irumbi puli  --  8 to 10

Grated coconut        --   1 cup

Roasted red chilly    --   10 to 12

Jaggery                       --   lemon sized

Crushed garlic           --   8 to 10

Coconut oil                --   2 tsp

Salt to taste

Method

Add little oil to the red chillies and fry for a minute. Then grind it with grated coconut into fine paste and keep aside. 

In a pressure cooker add diced bitter gourd(remove seeds), sliced bimbul, salt, jaggery and add little water and pressure cook for two whistles.   Let it cool for some time.  Remove the lid, add masala to cooked vegetables and boil it for 5 to 10 minutes.

Heat oil in seasoning pan, add crushed garlic, fry till light brown pour this on boiling curry mix it well and switch off the gas.

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