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Japanese Simmered Bottle Gourd, Okra, and Tofu

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Pearl Ishizaki

"A healthy Japanese side dish. It tastes mild. This recipe is simple and easy."
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38 m servings 298 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  1. Place bitter melon slices in a large bowl of water; stir in salt until dissolved. Let soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.
  2. Combine bitter melon, tofu, and bottle gourd in a microwave-safe pressure cooker.
  3. Mix dashi stock, soy sauce, and mirin together in a small bowl; pour over bitter melon mixture. Close pressure cooker according to manufacturers' instructions and cook in the microwave at 600W for 7 minutes.
  4. Open pressure cooker and stir in okra. Close and cook until okra is tender, about 1 minute.
  5. Transfer bitter melon mixture to a serving plate; garnish with grated ginger.


  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 298 calories; 20.3 g fat; 15.5 g carbohydrates; 19.1 g protein; < 1 mg cholesterol; 3778 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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