If you don’t know what Bitter Squash/Melon or Momordica Charantia is, then I don’t blame you. As it’s not sold at local grocery stores in the US but you can find it in Asian or Spanish markets. In Goa it’s called as Karante in the local language( Konkani). Its a more popular vegetable in Asia, Africa and Caribbean.
In my family it was believed that it was good for diabetes but there is no proven record. You can check out the Bitter Gourd Project for more info.
Considering what you know about bitter melon this recipe will definitely surprise you with its spicy tangy and lightly sweet taste. One tip with regards to Indian food or recipes is that when you cook with all the spices it is much flavorful the next day.
2 bitter melon
1 medium red onion chopped
10 medium shrimps chopped
3 tbsp of Recheado Masala (Goan Imports)
2 tbsp of ketchup
4 tbsp of oil
1/2 tsp of sugar
salt to taste
* Clean the bitter melon/ karela on the inside and thinly slice them. Apply 2 tbsp of salt and keep aside for an 1-2 hours. Rinse it in water. Pat dry with paper towel. The logic of applying lots of salt and letting it stand, is that it takes the bitterness away.
*Heat oil add the chopped onions and sauté till light brown. Add the recheado paste and sauté 2 minutes. Then put in the shrimps and fry for 3 minutes.
* Next add the bitter melon and sauté for 8-10 minutes. Finally add the ketchup, sugar and salt to taste and keep sautéing for another 5 minutes till done.
Serve it as a side with rice or any bread. If its kept for a couple of days it almost get’s pickled in the vinegar that’s in the recheado masala and it taste really yum! This is one of my husbands favorite Goan foods. If you don’t like bitter melon but want to substitute with another vegetable you can check out my recipe with cauliflower and shrimps.
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I need to scout my local ethnic markets for some of that bitter melon. Thank you for the knowledge.
Elkee, I hope you do find it 🙂
Looks wonderful ❤
Thank You Heidy 🙂
My mouth is literally watering. Looks heavenly.
Thank You thehungrymum 🙂
What a fascinating site. I am just starting to use some of these spices and look forward to learning more. Glyn
Thank you Glyn :-). Spices do make food interesting and flavorful.
and I am so glad you have a link to your shop. I ordered the pickles and the variety pack. Look for my experiments in the next few weeks! Glyn
Thank you very much Glyn, I truly appreciate it :-). I hope you enjoy your dishes just as much as I do. And please do share your recipes.
Thanks for sharing this, your dish looks very delicious.
Thank you Julie :-). I hope you try it.
I’m still getting used to eating bitter melon, but this dish looks delicious! The idea of a sweet, tangy bitter lemon sounds very interesting. 🙂
Thanks Ada :-). It does take time getting used to like this vegetable. But cooking it with a lot of spices mask the taste of bitterness.