Bitter Gourd – Tomato Curry. Kaakarkai Tomato Pulusu.
Bitter Gourd 1/2 kilo
Tomato 1/2 kilo
Onion 1 small bulb- grated
Garlic 7-8 pods crushed- puree
Coconut – grated 1/2 cup
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Asafoetida 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Fenugreek seeds 4
Curry leaves few
Sesame oil 1/4 cup.
Dry toast the coconut and set aside.
Heat oil in a wok, add the sliced bitter gourd and fry till crisp. Set aside.
In a wide vessel, heat remaining oil. Add the tempering spices(last 7 ingredients) and wait till they sizzle a little.
Now followed by garlic, onions and tomatoes…wait till the raw odor is gone. Add salt, turmeric and chili powders. Bring this to curry like consistency.
Now add the toasted coconut and fried veggies. Continue cooking briefly, maybe till the veggies are soaked in the curry. That’s it, its done.
Serve warm to go with your steamed rice or flat breads. Enjoy.