How to make it

  • Wash & remove the skin from the bitter-gourds by scraping with a sharp knife.
  • Slit the bitter gourds lengthwise, making sure that they do not separate into two pieces.
  • Remove all the seeds & cut the bitter-gourds in thin slices.
  • Dust the bitter-gourds generously with salt and let it rest for at least 1 hour.
  • Squeeze out all the water, rinse the slices and keep aside.
  • Boil water in a pan with little turmeric powder.
  • Add sliced bitter-gourds and cook until they are sightly tender.
  • Drain water and keep them aside ( This step will remove some of the bitterness too ).
  • Heat oil in pan, fry bitter-gourd slices in batches till they turn crispy and light brown.
  • Remove from pan & keep aside.
  • Now, add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, carom seeds & nigella seeds to the oil in the pan.
  • Fry for few seconds, then add sliced onions and fry till they become soft.
  • Add tomatoes, red chillies powder, turmeric powder, salt, fried bitter-gourd pieces & green chillies.
  • Mix well, cover with a lid and cook on low heat for 5 minutes till tomatoes are soft.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves & serve with Roti / Chapati.

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