"I'm always looking for innovative ways to serve bitter gourd. I was just experimenting with my Indian spices one day and made this yummy dish. It is a great side for a number of South Indian rice dishes like rasam or sambar rice."
Place bitter gourd rings in a microwave-safe bowl. Toss with 1 teaspoon oil and salt to coat. Microwave, stirring halfway through, until tender, about 4 minutes.
Heat the remaining oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add the gourds and asafoetida powder. Cook and stir until slightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add besan, ground red chile, and coriander; cook and stir until flavors meld, about 3 minutes. Add jaggery; mix well.
You can use 1 cup of frozen bitter gourd pieces. Place the rings in a microwave-safe dish and defrost for a minute or 2 (depending on your microwave setting). Drain the water out from the dish completely.
Per Serving: 91 calories;4.7 g fat;
10 g carbohydrates;
2.9 g protein;
0 mg cholesterol;
582 mg sodium.