Karela (bitter gourd) Thoran
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Thoran is a special Keralite dry dish made from vegetables like cabbage, raw jackfruit, peas, bitter gourd etc. with grated coconuts. Thoran is a Malayali word. In North India these preparations are also known as Fugat. The very first time I came across the word "Fugat" was while exploring a cookbook written by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. This is a very simple recipe of Karela (bitter Gourd) Thoran that can be served with plain steamed rice.
- Karela (bitter gourd) 250 gms
- Onion 1 medium
- Green chili 2
- Curry leaves 5-6
- Oil 2 tbsp
- Mustard seeds 1 tsp
- Coconut grated ½ cup
- Salt 1 tsp/ to taste
- Lemon juice 1 tbsp
- Turmeric powder (optional)
Method of preparation
- Peel off the onion, wash and chop finely.
- Remove the stem of green chili, wash and chop finely.
- Wash, remove the thick sides and cut the bitter gourd into small pieces.
Ingredients of Karela Thoran
- In a nonstick pan heat oil, add mustard seeds. When seeds stop crackling, add curry leaves. Fry for a few seconds, now add onion and green chili, and fry untill translucent (takes 2-3 minutes). If you are adding turmeric add it now.
- Now add bitter gourd, mix well and fry for a couple of minutes. Add salt and mix well again.
- Now add coconut and mix well. Cover the lid and cook till the bitter gourds are tender ( takes about 8-10 minutes).
- Now add lemon juice and mix well.
Karela Thoran is ready to serve. Serve with steamed rice.
For a change you can also add a little bit of turmeric powder to give a light yellow color to Karela Thoran dish..
Instead of lemon/lime juice you can also use tamarind pulp in this recipe.
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