When your favourite vegetable is a rare one to find, it becomes a treat indeed. Bitter gourd has been my all-time favourite vegetable ever since I was a child. The bitterness never bothered me. Honestly, this is much attributed to the way my mom used to prepare it - she would make the most delicious curried-style bitter gourd with potatoes.
I previously posted about how to choose and prepare bitter gourd.
Today I am sharing a recipe for curried-style bitter gourd with potatoes, just the way my mom used to make it, with some slight adjustments.
Curried Bitter Gourd with Potatoes
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 - 3 bitter gourds
4 small white potatoes (with skin on)
1 tablespoon salt (for soaking) + more for taste
1 tablespoon sunflower or coconut oil
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 1/2 tablespoons turmeric
Handful curry leaves
- Using a vegetable peeler, scrape the textured skin off the bitter gourd.
- Rub the gourds with quite a generous amount of salt, about one tablespoon.
- Next, cover the bitter gourds with water and leave it to soak for about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, thoroughly wash the potatoes. Leave the skin on and cut into wedges.
- Rub the potato wedges with one tablespoon of turmeric powder.
- Heat oil in a large pan, then place potatoes in the pan. You may add more oil if necessary but no water should be added to this dish as we are looking for a nice crispy texture.
- Let the potatoes cook for about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, remove the bitter gourd from the brine solution and rinse well. Cut into strips of about 5 cm/2 inches long.
- Then add the bitter gourd pieces to the pan together with the potatoes. Add the curry leaves, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder and the garam masala.
- Now let this cook until the potatoes are soft inside but crispy on the outside. Occasionally, stir and turn the potatoes and bitter gourd over to ensure even cooking. The bitter gourd should take about the same time to cook although they should not be overly crispy (otherwise much of the nutrients will be lost).