BITTER GUARD FRY / PAVAKAI PORIYAL / HAGALKAI PALYA

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Bitter guard is often called as bitter melon , and bitter squash in English. The fruit is most often eaten green, or as it is beginning to turn yellow. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.

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Bitter guard is low in calories, providing just 17 calories in 100g. It’s pods are rich in minerals, fibre, vitamins and anti-oxidants. It is the excellent source of vitamin C and Folate. It stimulates easy digestion and it is good for Diabetes patients too.

INGREDIENTS

Bitter guard.     : 7 medium

Turmeric.          : 2 tsp

Tamarind.         : 1 lemon sized

Salt.                  : According to taste

TO GRIND

Coconut.          : 1/4 cup

Garlic.              : 5-6 cloves

Green chillies.  : 7-8

TO TEMPER

Oil.                   : 4 tbsp

Mustard seeds: 1 tsp

Curry leaves.   : 1 sprig ( optional )

METHOD

Chop Bitter guard into small pieces and marinate them with Salt and Turmeric. Mix them and keep aside for 15 min. This step is done to extract the bitterness from bitter guard.

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squeeze the Bitter guard and extract the water completely and keep aside. Heat kadai and add oil, Mustard seeds, curry leaves. When they splutter, add bitter guard and fry for 3-4 min. Now add tamarind juice with little water and cook for 10 min.

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Meanwhile grind the items under “TO GRIND” ( coconut, green chillies, garlic ) . When the guard is done add the paste and fry well till the water gets dissolve and the bitter guard gets dry.

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Take off from the stove and serve with rice/ chappathi. Enjoy the yummy and spicy dish.

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NOTES:

Squeeze the Bitter guard properly and fry them properly with tamarind to avoid the bitterness.

Chop bitter guard finely as shown in the picture above.

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