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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Village style Bitter gourd anchovies curry(gramathu karuvadu kulambu)

Medium sized dried anchovies 15-20
Bitter gourd chopped 2
Onion chopped 1
Tomato chopped 2
Garlic pods 10-15
Fennel seeds ½ tsp
Fenugreek seeds ½ tsp
Curry leaf 2 sprigs
Curry chilli powder(kulambu milagai tool) 2 tbsp
Tamarind extract 4 tbsp
Salt and oil as required
1.      Cook bittergourd in water and drain water and keep aside
( I pressure cook for 3 whistles)
2.      Remove head from anchovies.
3.      Soak dried anchovies in water for 10-15 min.
4.       clean the intestine part(black sting like)
5.      Strain water and wash under running water and keep aside
6.      In a pan add oil, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaf, onion and garlic. Saute well
7.      Add cleaned anchovies ad saute once
8.      Add cooked bittergourd and tomato and cook till tomato turns mushy
9.      Add ½ cup water and allow the anchovies to cook
10.  Add curry powder, tamarind extract and enough water
11.  Bring it to boil and adjust salt
Serve with rice
Tastes good with rice the next day.

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