Bitter Gourd Kootu:
Bitter Gourd 300 grams
Thoor/ Moong/ chana dal 1/4 cup
Green chilies 3 finely chopped
Onion 1 finely chopped
Garlic 6 cloves chopped
Ginger 2″ peeled and chopped
Tomatoes 1-2 fienly chopped
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1/2 spoon
Mustar seeds 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Asafoetida 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves few
Oil few spoons
Cilantro leaves few to garnish.
Cook any one of these dal(thuvar/moong/chana dal) in a pressure cooker.
Trim the ends of the gourd and finely chop them. One could deseed and scrape the serrations as well.
In a large wok/handi, heat oil. Add chilies, let it crackle well.
Then add ginger and garlic, fry real good…till its raw odour leaves.
Add onions and salt. Fry till onions turn to golden color.
Now add tomatoes, cover and cook. Once tomatoes wilt, stir-in finely chopped vegetables.
Fry for few minutes, maybe till the vegetables coats oil. Add cooked dal(lentils).
Cover and cook over medium heat.
When the vegetable is done soft and much of the moisture is absorbed, remove from heat.
Heat oil, in a seperate pan…add mustards, cumin, asafoetida and curry leaves to it.
Allow it to crackle well. Now run this seasoning over the ‘kootu’ prepared above.
Garnish with finely chopped cilantro leaves.
Serve warm as a side dish for South Indian Meals or as a subzi for chappathi/roti.