Friday, March 22, 2013

Bitter Gourd Fry for Pitta and Kapha


This is an excellent choice for those looking to pacify Pitta and Kapha.  It is absolute food as medicine.  This veggie can be bought fresh or frozen at Indian grocers, along with the curry leaves.  Try growing these leaves in your garden.  they add distinct taste to dishes and are full of iron.

or 6 small Indian bitter gourds
3-4 tbsp ghee or oil
Small cinnamon stick
2 big red onions, sliced
3-4 sprigs curry leaves
3-4 sliced fresh green chillies
2 tsp cumin seed
Fresh lemon or lime

Wash and slice the bitter gourd lengthwise down the centre.  Remove seeds if they look tough, otherwise you can leave these in.  Cut the bitter gourds into small rings.

Heat ghee or oil and fry the bitter gourds until a little golden, and set aside.

Fry the cinnamon stick and cumin seed until it starts to pop, then add in the onions, chillies and curry leaves.  Fry until golden, add in the bitter gourd, salt to taste and mix well. 

Squeeze juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon or lime.  Mix well.  Be sure to remove the seeds and mix well.


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