Small / Baby Bittergourd Fry( Kakarakaaya/ Pavakkai/ Karela/)
Baby bittergourd - 1 lb (1/2 kg)
Onion - 1 large chopped
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Salt as needed
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli and coriander powder - 1 tbsp each or sambar powder - 2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1 tbsp
Wash and soak bittergourd with salt and little tuermic powder for 20 - 30 minutes. Later drain and squeeze out water. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, urad dhal, curry leaves. wait till the pop put and add chopped onions. Fry till nice brown. Add the baby bittergourds and fry in the oil. Keep the flame low. Add the powders and mix well. Cover the pan with a lid and allow it to cook till salt... keep checking between it gets dry. Then sprinkle little water and cook till done. Can also try this in a pressure pan... fry and close the lid without putting the whistle on and cook for about 10 mts.
Goes well with rice sambar and or any curries.
Sending this to Nithu's Vegetable Marathon - Bittergourd an event started by Silpa.