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South Indian Bitter Gourd Roast

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"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."
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27 m servings 88
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.


  • Cook's Note:
  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 88 calories; 4.6 9.6 2.8 0 582 Full nutrition

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