This is my entry to pooja's VoW-Bittergourd
Bittergourd- 1 cup,thinly sliced to 1/2" pieces
red chillies -15 nos
water -1 1/2 cup
tamarind paste- 2 tsp
asafoetida- 1 tsp
mustard and curry leaves for seasoning
salt -1tbsp+a pinch
oil for frying
METHODThinly slice the bittergourd to 1/2" pieces and apply salt over it and let it rest for 5-8 mins.this oozes out water from the veg and reduces the amount of bitterness.Then squeeze out the moisture from it by hand and wipe out with paper towel or cloth.Fry them till dark brown.In the same oil lightly fry the red chillies and keep aside.Boil water with a tbsp of salt.Put the fried chillies in this hot water and let it cool.Then grind it smoothly.Shift it out to a bowl and add the tamarind paste.Heat and let it come to a boil for a second time.Remove from heat and add the fried bittergourd.Then add the tadka of mustard seeds ,asafoetida and curry leaves in the end.
Serve it with rice.