Mar 31, 2013

BITTERGOURD USILI

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      I love to have Usili prepared with Cluster Beans. Already I have posted Beans usili. I had a thought of replacing Beans by Bitter gourd . 

But I was scared that "Will the dish turn out so bitter?". I soaked the Bitter gourd pieces in curd to remove the bitterness & I followed the rest of the procedure for Usili. The outcome was very tasty Usili. 

INGREDIENTS

BITTER GOURD
1
CHANNA DHAL,TOOR DHAL
¼ Cup
CURD
¼ Cup
DRY RED CHILLY
3
FENNEL SEEDS/SOMBU
1 Tsp
ONION
1
RED CHILLY POWDER
1 Tsp
TURMERIC POWDER
A Pinch
MUSTARD SEEDS
½ Tsp
URAD DHAL
½ Tsp
SALT
To Taste
OIL
1 Tbsp

STEP BY STEP PICTURES

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Chop the Bitter gourd/ Pavakkai into small pieces. Soak it in curd,Turmeric powder,Salt for 15 mins. This is to remove the bitterness. 

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In a kadai heat oil & add Mustard seeds,Urad dhal. Add Onion. Fry it. Then add the Pavakkai (drain the curd, just only the pieces) & fry it. Sprinkle little water.

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Add Salt. Close it with a lid & cook it for 5 mins.

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      Soak both dhals for 30 mins. Grind it coarsely by adding Dry red chilly,Asafoetida,Sombu. Steam it & crumble the dhal mixture.
(Refer the Beans usili for preparing Dhal mixture) . Add it to the Pavakkai pieces.

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Stir it in low flame.

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Pavakkai usili is ready.

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Healthy Usili.

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