A healthy and quite-often recommended food for diabetics, bitter gourd, is quite bitter as the name suggests. Here is a simple, easy-to-do, yet delicious bitter gourd recipe with minimal ingredients and minimal cooking time. The dish goes well with rice/roti and is perfect for lunch or dinner.
- Step 1: Cut open the bitter gourd and remove the seeds. After removing the seeds, chop the vegetables into small pieces of about ¼ inch size. Chop the onion and tomato into tiny pieces.
- Step 2: Take a heavy-bottomed pan and place it on high flame. Add a teaspoon of oil and then add cumin seeds. Once the flavour of cumin seeds releases, add the chopped onions. Reduce the heat, and let the onions turn translucent. Add garlic paste and the chopped tomato.
- Step 3: And then, add chilli powder, coriander seeds powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix everything well. Now, add the chopped gourd pieces and thoroughly mix the ingredients. Close the pan with a lid and allow it to cook for about 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot.
Tip: Stir in between to avoid the dish getting stuck to the bottom of the pan.
The possible presence of alkaloid substances (quinine, morodicine), saponin glucosides, and resins may cause intolerance in a few while consuming bitter gourd. Symptoms may include excessive salivation, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle weakness, reduced vision, and facial redness.
Toxicity may be reduced by soaking the vegetable in salt water for about 10 minutes before cooking.