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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Bittergourd-Carrot-Shallot Thoran

Dear All,
I am glad to be back to the world of blogging after a long break. Thanks for all the wishes.I hope everybody is doing fine.I am really enjoying all the new recipes in your blogs.
I am starting the blogging again with this healthy n spicy thoran.

Bittergourd - 1
Carrot - 2
Shallots - one handful
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp or as you needed
Salt - to taste
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Garlic - 2 cloves
Curry leaves - 2 or 3 leaves
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Whole chilli - 2

Cut bittergourd,carrot and shallot into small pieces. If u want to reduce the bitter taste of bittergourd, keep the pieces in salt water for 30 minutes and wash well . Cook the vegetable pieces with turmeric,red chilli powder,salt and little water. Actually I used chinese bittergourd in this thoran. Because of the juicy,watery chinese bittergoud, I did not use water in this version. It has less bitter taste compared to indian bitter gourd. See chinese bittergourd fry from Ginger and mango.

Grind coconut with garic and curry leaves without adding water. Avoid smooth grinding. Just allow the things to mix up. Add the ground mixture to the cooked vegetables and mix well and simmer for 2 minutes.

Heat some oil and allow the mustard seeds to splutter. Add curry leaves and pieces of whole chilli. When the chilli become dark brown, pour it on to the curry and mix well. Serve with rice or chappathi.