Kaarate Ambade Ghashi / Bittergourd Hog plum curry


Bitter gourd is called KAARATE and hog plums are called AMBADO in Konkani. This curry is a Konkani delicacy, which is spicy, tangy sweet, all in one bite. Bittergourd and hog plums are a very great combo because they compliment each other's taste . When they are paired with some jaggery in a coconut gravy they make a delicious curry.

INGREDIENTS:
1 bittergourd / kaarate / hagalkaayi / karela
2 hog plums / ambado / amate kaayi
2 green chillies
15 long yard beans 
1/2 ridge gourd / gosale / heere kaayi / turai
100 gms alasande /  yard long beans
Salt to taste
Jaggery to taste

FOR THE MASALA PASTE:
1 cup fresh grated coconut
3-4 red chillies roated in oil
3 tsp urad dal roasted in oil
Grind the above ingredients into a smooth paste.

FOR TEMPERING:
4 tsp oil
2 tsp mustard
2 sprigs of curry leaves

PROCEDURE:
  • Cut bittergourd into i inch pieces, wash well and apply 2 tsp salt. keep aside for one hour
  • After one hour, wash again, squeeze out all the water from it.
  • Peel ridge gourd and cut into chunks
  • Cut   yard long  beans into one inch pieces 
  • Smash hog plum well using a pestle so that the gravy gets infused into it and it's tanginess gets into the curry.
  • Put all the veggies, slit green chilli and hog plums with 1/2 cup water , in the cooker and cook for 2 whistles
  • Once the steam of the cooker is released, open it and transfer the boiled veggies in a vessel
  • Add salt and jaggery to it and cook for 5 mins
  • Add the masala paste , mix well and add water if needed, adjust the consistency . (semi thick )
  • Let it boil for 10 mins, turn off the flame.
  • Temper with  the mentioned ingredients and serve with hot rice and dal.


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