A much cherished and relished vegetable in our home is bitter gourd. A favorite of mine is today’s bitter gourd pickle with a sweet flavor that happens to be one of Amma’s specialty dishes. What makes it palate pleasing is the addition of jaggery and tamarind combined with a tempering of curry leaves and dals that add for a bit of crunch. Sweet, sour and tangy flavors that are enticing and addictive.
High on the nutritive quotient, Karela, is a vegetable that is available all year round at our local farmer’s market and a regular at our home. Few takers for this knobbly, humble, bitter tasting vegetable. But the few who chose to go beyond the outward appearance and bitter flavor, were won for life once they savored its true taste, appreciating it health enhancing benefits.
Usri Kaya pachadi, kakara kaya vepudu, pappu anapakaya with white rice As a child, just hearing the word ‘Kakarakaya’ aka ‘bittergourd’ from my mother would keep me away from the day’s meal. It was only as a young teenager that I began to start liking it ever since I tasted a bittergourd stir fry with […]
One of my favorite tangy gravy dish. Bittergourd is cooked in a spiced tamarind sauce and goes well with rice and rotis.
Bitter gourd is the least preferred vegetable among many. But the benefits of Karela should be taken advantage of and if cooked in right manner bitter gourd is really tasty. Bittergourd is highly recommended for diabetics.