Simple Garlic Bitter gourd fry

We love bitter gourd fry in our house, and the specialty is that we like it to be bitter. So, I don’t conceal the bitterness in any way. This is a very simple bitter gourd fry, but is special because I have used garlic oil for frying the bittergourd. It adds a very nice flavor to the fry.

4 bitter gourd
1 tbsp garlic flavored olive oil
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste

Wash and dry the bitter gourd. Slice it into thin rounds. I use my mandoline slicer to do this, about 1/8th inch thick. Don’t discard the seeds in the bitter gourd. When added to the fry and sauteed they take on a nutty quality and flavor.

Heat garlic oil in a pan over medium high heat. Splutter the mustard seeds. Add the urad dal and when it turns brown, add the sliced bitter gourd. Add salt and toss to coat in the oil. Cover and cook until the vegetable is almost cooked – 3/4th. Add the turmeric powder and chilli powder and saute until the moisture evaporates and the vegetable turns golden brown and crispy.

Verdict: Never thought that garlic would add a very different flavor dimension to this fry. The seeds became nutty and crispy and we enjoyed them in this fry too.

Sending this to:Vegetable Marathon – Bitter gourd, a series started by Silpa.

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