1 Medium sized bitter gourd/karela
1 finely chopped onion
1 fistful of tamarind
1 tsp turmeric Powder
2 tsp chili Powder
1 tablespoon oil for frying
2 tablespoon grated coconut
Salt to Taste
Wash and cut the bitter gourd into small pieces. Discard the pulp.
Soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup water for 1 hr.
Put these pieces in water to which 1 tablespoon of salt has been added.
Let this be in the salty water for 30 min to 1 hr. This has to be done so that it will taste a bit less bitter.
Now in a pan, add oil and fry the onions.
On the other hand, drain the water from the soaked bitter gourd and wash them again. This has to be done to remove the saltiness from the bitter gourd.
Once it gets brownish, add the bitter gourd pieces and fry on medium to low heat.
Fry till the water from the bitter gourd gets dried. This should take somewhere from 30-40 Min’s.
After they get fried, add turmeric and chili powder.
Add the grated coconut.
Add the tamarind pulp and mix properly.
Add salt to taste.
Serve with rice or chapatis 🙂
Note: While adding salt to taste, start with little salt and taste it. It might get very salty if salt is added without tasting as the bitter gourd was already soaked in salty water.