khatta meetha karela- Bitter gourd curry cooked in a sweet and sour sauce
- Bitter gourd-350 gm
- Jaggery-2.5 tbls
- Tamarind pulp-2.5 tbls
- Chilli powder-1 tbls
- Turmeric powder-1/2 t.s
- Fennel seeds(saunf)-1 t.s
- Salt-1 t.s
- Oil-3 tbls
Wash and cube bitter gourd into small pieces.(you can peel the bitter gourd if you wish,but personally I don’t like to peel the bitter gourd)
Apply 1 t.s salt into the pieces and keep covered for at least one hour.then wash well with enough water to remove the bitterness.squeeze extra water from the pieces.
Heat oil in a pan add fennel seeds,when they start crackling add turmeric and bitter gourd pieces and fry for a minute.
Add salt,mix and cover with a lid and cook on slow flame till done.keep stirring in between.
when done or cooked perfectly ,add chili powder, jaggery,tamarind pulp and 4 tbs of water ,mix well
Cover and cook for 5 more minutes on slow heat till oil start separating from the masala and gravy become little thick(it should not be too watery)