Kakarakaya or Karela is a veggie that is very good for health, and this recipe is specifically good for diabetics.
Preparation time: 25-30 mins
Bitter gourd (karelas/kakarakaya) 2
Tamarind/tamarind paste 2 tsp
Refined cooking oil 1 tbsp
Black gram (uddipappu/urad dal) 2 tsp
Mustard seeds (Rai/aavalu) 1 tsp
Cumin seeds (Jeera/jeelakarra) 2 tsp
Red chillies 4
Curry leaves 4-5
Red chilli powder 2 tsp
Pinch of turmeric
Pinch of asafoetida
Salt to taste
Wash and cut the bitter gourd into small pieces. Pressure cook to 3 whistles.
Alternatively, boil for around 20 mins until soft.
Soak the tamarind in quarter of a cup of water for around 10 mins and grind to a paste.
Drain the bitter gourd of all the water. Press hard to completely drain out all the juice. (This juice can be taken as is and is good for health).
Heat oil in a pan. Add the black gram, red chillies, mustard seeds, curry leaves, cumin seeds and a pinch of asafoetida and turmeric.
To the seasoning add the bitter gourds, tamarind paste, salt to taste and red chilli powder. Sauté for 2 mins.
Bitter gourd curry is a great rice and Indian bread supplement.