Nov 6, 2009

Bitter Gourd Sweet Pickle/ Karathe God Nonche

I know the name of this dish contradicts :) sweet and bitter gourd. Believe me it is sweet as well as slightly bitter. A great dish which can be stored for more than 15 days in fridge and goes well with any dosa especially urad-maida dosa. Learnt this from one of my aunt who is truly a treasure of great recipes. You name the ingredient and she has atleast one recipe for it !

4-5 bitter gourd
5 table spoon grated jaggery
4-5 red chillies
1/2 tea spoon black til (sesame seeds)
1 tea spoon mustard seeds
1 tea spoon methi seeds
3 cloves
1 tea spoon tamarind extract

Wash and cut bitter gourd into desired shape.
Cook this in a pan with water, jaggery, tamarind extract and salt.
Mean while fry red chillies, black til, mustard seeds, methi seeds and cloves.This needs to be fried dry without oil or water.
Make a fine powder of above ingredients.
Pour this powder into cooked bitter gourd and simmer it for 8-10 minutes.
Serve as required.

Preparation time: 30-35 minutes

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