Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Bittergourd ularthiyathu

(‘ularthiyathu’ means sautéed or fried)

This dish is made with bittergourd and onion.

Cut the bittergourd into circular slices and cook with chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt, making sure that it is not overcooked. Now, deep fry, to a light-red colour, pieces of onion that have been sliced lengthwise, and keep aside. In the oil that is remaining, deep-fry the cooked bittergourd. Mix in the fried onion to this, and your dish is ready.

This tasty dish retains all the nutrients of the bittergourd while doing away with its pungent bitterness.

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