Jan 11, 2007
Karate Kismuri (Bitter Gourd Kosumbari)
Many of us hate Bitter Gourd, Karate in Konkani. But there are many recipes that hide the very bitter taste of it and turn it into an appetizing tasty dish.
I often make this Kosumbari with Bitter Gourd and coconut. Another recipe is the Bitter Gourd Rings which I posted in the past. I often make either of these for lunch along with rice and dal.
2 Bitter Gourd/Bitter Melon
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp jeera
3 roasted red chillies
small piece tamarind
oil for deep frying
Chop the bitter gourd into small cubes. Add 1/2 tsp salt and mix well. Set aside for 15 mins. Heat oil in kadai for deep frying. Squeeze the bitter gourd pieces and add to hot oil. It might sizzle at the beginning. Fry till golden brown. Drain on a paper towel.
Grind together coconut, coriander, cumin, red chillies and tamarind into a rough powder, do not add water. In a bowl, mix together the ground coconut, chopped onions and the bitter gourd pieces. Let it rest for a while, then adjust salt. The bitter gourd pieces have salt in them, so take care when adjusting salt.