Menam, menam (venam, want )..."My little imp who is 14 months was pointing his tiny finger to the half cooked bitter gourd in my pan and was jumping into it. I gave him a small piece to quench his curiosity and to my surprise he ate it. He made a funny face at the first bite , but I couldn't make out what he meant by that, since he makes that face whenever he tastes something new. Guess what, he repeated "menam , menam" and had a few spoons of pavakka mezhukkupuratti (Bitter-gourd fry ) as his breakfast :-)"
FYI , I cook lunch in the morning on weekdays.
I use Japanese bitter gourd for mezhukkupuratti, instead of the dark green small ones that are available in the Indian grocery stores here. You could buy it from Chinese or Asian grocery stores and they are less bitter than the dark green variety. This goes well with rice and sambar.
Bitter gourd(thinly sliced)- 2
Green chillies(sliced lengthwise)-4
Coconut pieces(thengakkothu)- 2Tbsp
1.Heat oil in a pan.
2. Slide in the bitter gourd and other ingredients.
3.Cover the pan with a lid and cook till it is done.
4.Keep the lid open and let the bitter gourd fry.My family likes it to be deep fried :-)