Liking this healthful bitter vegetable happened to me after some initial reluctance. Nonetheless after learning its health benefits(fighting diabetes,cancer,infections and more) and cooking in variety of flavorful ways,mixing and matching with spices, tangy lemons and sweet onions,I began to devour them every week.
Onions stuffed is more often on my menu ,however stuffing with spiced bulgur turned out to be another tasty variation,although any left over whole grain would also work perfectly fine for stuffing.
Recipe :Bulgur Stuffed Bitter Gourd/Melon
4-6 medium(about 3 inches long) bitter gourd\bitter melon,slit across and seeded
1 cup cooked Bulgur(broken wheat) or use cooked quinoa or brown rice
1 small onion,chopped
1 big clove garlic,minced
1 inch piece of fresh ginger ,minced
1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
3-4 sprigs cilantro or parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon Canola oil
Heat oil and saute onions until lightly brown,6-7 minutes,add the spices and herbs,let cook another 5-6 minutes on medium heat.Now add the cooked grains(bulgur or quinoa or brown rice).Stir well and turn off the heat.Mix in the lemon juice.
Stuff the mixture in the cleaned cavities of the bitter gourd.Lay on a cast-iron pan ,add 1/2 cup of water.Cover and cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes until bitter gourd is tender.Can also be baked 350F for the same amount of time.Serve alongside brown rice and lentil soups(Sambar or rasam).
Spiced with coriander seeds,this seems like an eligible entry for Priya's - Cooking with seeds : coriander seeds and also for my bitter better foods challenge.
Bitter Gourd Crisps
A no-fuss simply spiced and baked Bitter Gourd Crisps.This recipe was drafted for very long now,adapted from Jugalbandi.
To make the crisps : Rinse and thinly slice 2 medium bitter gourds.Mix in the spices of choice,I used 1 teaspoon of dry spice mix that included ground cumin,chili powder,turmeric and salt along with tablespoon of canola oil and 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger.Bake at 375 F for 15 minutes until crisp.Sprinkle some fresh lemon juice and savor as a side of any meal or snack.