Bitter gourd & Tomato Curry
Pavakka/ Bitter Gourd chopped – 1 cup
Tomato chopped – 1
Onion chopped – 1 medium
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Green chillies chopped – 3-4
Ginger – a small piece
Garlic – 3-4 cloves
Thin coconut milk – 1 ½ cup
Salt to taste
Dry red chilies
How to make Pavakka – Tomato Charu curry
In a bowl put the chopped Pavakka/bitter gourd with 2 cups of water and squeeze the vegetable well and set aside. This would help reduce the bitter taste to some extent.
Pound Ginger and garlic in a mortar & pestle, or blender and set aside
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they pop up add dry red chilies and stir fry for 30 seconds
Now add chopped onion and curry leaves and sauté well for 4-5 minutes and add ginger and garlic, stir fry it for 3 minutes
Stir in the Pavakka/Bitter gourd pieces and fry it for 7-8 minutes ,until they start to turn golden.
Add the chopped tomatoes , green chilies,turmeric powder and salt. Combine well and add the coconut milk.
Cook it covered on a low flame for 5-6 minutes. Uncover it and add a tsp of oil and simmer for a minute.Remove from fire and serve warm·Excellent with Rice.