When we think of bitterness, we think of bitter gourd. Most of us do not like bitter gourd. But bitter gourd has many medicinal properties. The fresh pods are an excellent remedy for curing respiratory problems like asthma, cold, cough, etc. The free radicals in it are also useful for anti-ageing. It is good for people with diabetes also. Bitter gourd contains certain chemicals that are like insulin which help to reduce the blood sugar levels. My mother used to make kuzhambu with bitter gourd and it will be very tasty also. I am giving my mother’s recipe here today. I have already posted Bitter Gourd Fry and Midhi Pavakkai Fry recipe.
Pavakkai / Bitter Gourd Kuzhambu
- Bitter Gourd - ¼ Kg.
- Tomatoes - 2
- Small Onions - 20
- Garlic cloves - 10
- Turmeric Powder - ½ tsp.
- Chilly Powder - 2 tsp.
- Dhania Powder - 3 tsp.
- Fennel seeds - 1 tsp.
- Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp.
- Tamarind - small lemon sized
- Green Chillies - 4 Slit Lengthwise
- Gingilly Oil - 3 tsp.
- Coriander Leaves - a handful
- Soak tamarind in hot water and take the juice and keep aside.
- In a pan heat oil and add fennel seeds, cumin seeds and wait till it splutters.
- Now add slit green chillies and small onions and fry well till the onions cook well.
- Now add garlic and tomatoes cut into fine pieces and fry well.
- Add the bitter gourd sliced into round small pieces and fry till raw smell goes.
- Now add turmeric poeder, chilly powder and dhania powder and fry for 2 minutes.
- Add tamarind water, salt and little water and boil till it thickens.
- Switch off the stove and add coriander leaves.
- Tasty bitter gourd kuzhambu is ready to be served.