Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bitter Gourd Pitlay

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Toor dal
Lemon sized Tamarind pulp
3-4 Bittergourds chopped
1 big Tomato chopped
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Sambar powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tbsp Jaggery
7-8 Cashewnuts
Paste:
Oil
6 Red chilies
1 tbsp Coriender seeds
1/2 tsp Black peppercorns
1 tsp Bengal gram
1 tsp Black gram
1/2 tsp Asafoetida powder
1/2 cup Fresh coconut grated
Tempering:
2 tsp oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
Pressure cook the dal with water and add 1 tsp oil. Meanwhile, In a medium pan, roast all ingredients from the Paste list above and grind to fine paste by adding water and keep aside.
(To remove the bitterness of bittergourd,add salt to chopped bittergourd and keep it for 30 mins and squeeze the juice out of it and then use it)
Soak the tamrind for 15 mins and extract the juice.
Heat a heavy sauce pan, add the tamrind juice,salt, jaggery,turmeric,sambar powder and finely chopped bitter gourd. On a medium flame cook the bittergourd.
Once the bittergourd is well cooked, add chopped tomato cooked dal and ground paste. lower the flame and bring it to boil(add water if required)
Lastly, Heat a 2 tsp oil add, mustard seeds and chopped cashews, when it splutters add curryleaves saute it and mix it to pitlay.
Relish it with white rice.

11 comments:

Priya said...

I can eat anything with bittergourd, pitlay looks tempting and very catchy..

MaryMoh said...

This looks very delicious. Love all the ingredients added. I have been missing bitter gourd a lot.

Sushma Mallya said...

This sounds so good, i usually do only fried bittergourd, but your version is much more nice and healthier....beautiful clicks

Gulmohar said...

It looks too good..got to try this for my son and hubby, since bitter gourd is their fav

SathyaSridhar said...

Dear,,pitlai looks great dear and soo colourful. I like this bitter gourd pulikuzhambhu with rice n papad da maaa,,

Panchpakwan said...

Sounds delicious recipe..Nice color too.

? said...

Almost like the Theeyal; good snapshot too!

Madhura Manoj said...

Looks so delicious N mouth watering. Nice click

Nandini said...

Wow! What a color you got:)
Mouthwatering and beautiful clear pics.
My fav pitlay.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This look delicious and nice!

nandini said...

I have had this in my friends place and loved it so much. Ever since i have on the look out for a good recipe!. Glad i found it here. Looks delicious!.

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