Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bittergourd pan fry/Kootu and Seasoned curd rice

I wasn't a big fan of bittergourd atleast I just couldn't have it like most of the other south indian kootu types.
My hubby dear used to make a long elaborate dish earlier, a time consuming dish which required to flip each ring of bitter gourd once done,not any more.I love this version i came up with it and its easier and tastier and makes a great combination with any regular dals or even curd rice!

I used to end up deep frying the bitter gourd most of the times so i don't end up throwing it away once its rotten.But ever since i started making this dish i don't feel the need to fry bitter gourd anymore and you have to believe me when i tell you it goes really well with simple dal!Perfect comfort food!

I have clicked pictures of the bitter gourd pan fry with seasoned curd rice which is another simple dish on the south indian menu.After any meal heavy or light the finishing touch has to be curd rice.

You need

Bitter gourd 2 chopped in rings
Oil 2 tablespoons
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Onions 1 large sliced finely
Urad dal 1 tsp
Channa dal 1 tsp
Curry leaves 2 sprigs
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, channa dal and urad dal and fry well.
  • Add onions and fry well until brown.
  • Add the bitter gourd and salt and let it cook well.Cover it and cook until the bitter gourd cooks well.
  • Add chilli powder and turmeric power and mix well.
  • Remove the lid and let the bitter gourd fry well until all the moisture goes away.

To make the curd rice:

You need
Boiled rice 1 cup
Milk half cup
Curd/yogurt 3 4 tablespoons

To season
Oil 1 tsp
Ginger half tsp chopped pieces
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Red chillies 1
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Hing/asoefetida powder a sprinkle
Grated carrot 1 tablespoon
Salt to taste

  • Cook the rice well in water and when its almost cooked add the milk and let it cook it well.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, ginger, asoefetida and red chillies and pour it in the cooked rice mix.
  • Once this mixture cools down well, add curd and mix well and check for salt.

  • Add the grated carrots and serve with pickle and bitter gourd fry :) 

Sending this to Bon vivant moments : Rice and 30 minutes meal

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