Talasan is simple stir fry with lots of garlic in it. Just like any koddel garlic is a must in this. Unlike other stir fry we do not use any water for talasan. But I microwaved bitter gourd for 5 minutes and also sprinkled water intermittently.
People do not like bitter gourd for its bitter taste. I usually cut them into desired size/shapes and soak them in salty water for 5-6 hours.Though the bitterness does not go completely, this slightly helps. We both like bitter gourd so we really do not worry too much about its taste.
3-4 bitter gourd
1 tablespoon oil
7-8 garlic pods
4-5 curry leaves
4-5 red chillies
1/4 cup water (optional)
Cut bitter gourd into desired shapes and size.
Soak this in salty water for 2-3 hour.
In a pan or pot heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add curry leaves and red chillies.
Add garlic pods and bitter gourd. Before adding bitter gourd squeeze out the water completely.
Fry it on simmer until bitter gourd is cooked. Sprinkle water if required.
Serve with rice as side dish.
Preparation Time: 20 mins (excludes soaking time)