Athalakkai is an Indian vegetable, found in all parts of south India during winter. It looks like baby bitter gourd, also it has the same bitter taste but crunchy due to the seeds in it. This is a medicinal vegetable, which helps in weight loss, prevents diabetics and helps maintains the blood sugar level.
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My mom prepares curry, stir-fry/poriyal using this Athalakkai, but I never eat them due to the bitter taste, but now after my husband diagnosed with diabetics, I purposely got this from my home town “Thoothukudi” and prepared this curry for him.
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Athalakkai Kulambu is simple to prepare, the tanginess in the curry reduces the bitter taste of Athalakkai, also I prefer using Gingelly/Sesame oil to bring the bitterness down. This curry goes out well with steamed rice and appalam / pappad or steamed rice and omelette. Also, it goes out well with dosa. Let me share the recipe…
- Athalakkai – 1 cup
- Onions – 2 nos
- Garlic – 4 cloves
- Tomato – 1 no
- Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
- Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
- Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
- Tamarind – a lemon (medium) size
- Chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
- Cumin powder – 1 tsp
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic and tomatoes into small pieces.
- Soak tamarind in a cup of water for 10 mins, mash the tamarind well in the water, discard the flesh and keep it aside.
- Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the mustard, cumin and fenugreek seeds followed by curry leaves and wait until they crackle.
- Add the onions, garlic pieces and cook until they turn golden brown in color.
- Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn pulpy.
- Add the athalakkai, followed by turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin powder and salt.
- Cook for few mins or until the raw smell of the masala goes off.
- Pour the tamarind extract along with a cup of water, bring it to boil, cover and cook until athalakkai becomes soft and tender.
- Once cooked, remove the lid and cook in low flame until the curry thickens and the oil floats on the top of the curry.
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Serve hot with steamed rice and pappad or steamed rice and omelette.