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Here is mom's version:
Bittergourd,finely diced-1 cup
Toor dhal- 3/4 cup
Tamarind extract-1 tablespoon[thick]
Kootu powder-2 teaspoons
Curry leaves- a few
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Oil- 1 teaspoons
Salt to taste
- Pressure cook toor dal with enough water till done.Mash lightly and keep aside.
- Microwave the bittergourd in a microwave proof dish.Sprinkle a little water and microwave on high for 8 minutes or till soft.
- Heat oil in a pan and put in mustard,curry leaves,peanuts,redchillies.Fry till the peanuts are roasted.
- Add the bittergourd,diluted tamarind extract,turmeric powder,salt and cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Put in dal and kootu powder and mix well.Adjust the consistency by adding a little water if necessary.
You can roast a pappad on a grill or open flame, crush and add to the kootu for an extra taste.[Deep fried pappad is a big 'no' ]
- Microwaving the bittergourd reduces the bitterness.You can also use the stove top to cook bittergourd.In that case add bittergourd in step 3 .But more oil has to be added for it to get cooked and lose its bitterness.Simmer in tamarind water till the vegetable is soft.