Bittergourd is one of those vegetables that I don't exactly love. It does not fall under the same category as tinda, but I'll admit I'm not as find of this vegetable as many people are. A friend of mine made stuffed karela once and I really loved it. Sometime back, when S was traveling to Goa, I bought a couple of bittergourds because I wanted to make stuffed karela. I ended up making this simple side dish that a friend taught me. Her mantra was simple: lots of onions!
2 medium Bittergourds, sliced finely
2 Onions, sliced
¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tbsp Oil
¼ tsp Asafoetida
Salt to taste
Heat oil in a kadhai and add the asafoetida and the onions and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and ginger paste. Fry the entire mixture for 2-3 minutes. Add the bittergourd slices and the salt and fry for another 2-3 minutes. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. When done, add the garam masala and cook for a minute before serving.
Simple and satisfying. And it is something I don't mind making even just for myself. Thanks A, your recipe is a keeper.