When ever I feel like preparing a very traditional and authentic cuisine relating to my home state I feel very emotional and living up to the high standards sometimes stops me from experimenting too often.
Sorisa batta (Mustard paste) is very popular in Orissa and adds a rather strong flavor to the dish; the above dish has got very contrasting flavors of bitter karelas and spicy mustard paste. A bit likes the Yin & Yang of Taoism.
Oil for pan frying
2 tbslp- rice flour
1tsp Turmeric powder
salt to taste
3 tbslp mustard seeds
1 to2 green chillies
3 cloves Garlic.
Dry grind the mustard seeds and then add chillies, garlic and water. Make a thick paste so that it can coat the bitter gourd completely.
Slice the bitter gourd and steam or boil them aladente
Drain the water and mix the paste with boiled or steamed bitter gourd. Add turmeric, rice flour and salt to taste.
Heat oil in shallow frying pan. Gently spread the bitter gourd and fry them on both sides till crisp and well done.