Pavakka - 1 No.
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp crushed
Yogurt - 3/4 to 1 cup
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds - a pinch
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Onion, chopped - 1 small (Optional)
Green chillies, chopped - 4 Nos.
Ginger, chopped - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Cut bittergourd into small pieces. Marinate bittergourd with turmeric powder and salt. Fry them.
Grind grated coconut and cumin seeds.
Crush the mustard seeds and add to it.
Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds. Add dry red chillies, onion, green chillies, ginger, and curry leaves. Saute them. when the color starts to become transparent, add the ground paste to it. When it starts to boil, add fried bittergourd. Switch off the stove. Add yogurt (whisked) and salt. Consistency should not be too thick or thin.
Note:- Onion is optional, but again the sweet taste of onion complements the bitterness in a good way.