- Bitter gourd – 250 gms.
- Panir or Tofu – 100 gms.
- Onions(finely chopped) – 1(big size).
- Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
- Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
- Ginger-Garlic paste – 2 tsp.
- Coriander Powder – 1 tsp.
- Cumin Powder – 1 tsp.
- Vegetable or Subzi masala – 1 tsp.
- Fresh tomatoes(chopped) – 2.
- Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp.
- Dry Mango Powder or Amchoor Powder – 1/2 tsp.
- Salt – According to taste.
For the tadka – Five Spices – 1 tsp.
- Curry Leaves – A bunch.
For Garnish – Fresh chopped cilantro.
Step 1 – Wash and cut the bitter gourd into large pieces.Now half-boil it in a saucepan adding slight salt and turmeric powder.Finely chop the onions and the tomatoes.Cut the panir into medium-sized cubes.
Step 2 – Take a kadhai and add the five spices to it.Now add some chopped onions.Fry it till half-done.Now add the curry leaves and ginger-garlic paste to it and fry again till the paste is properly fried, letting its rawness go.Now add in the masalas i.e, salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder,coriander-cumin powder, sabzi masala,garam masala and fry it without using even one drop of oil.If the masalas start to burn sprinkle some water over them and then fry.Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook the masala again till it is very well fried.The taste of the curry will come only when the masalas and tomatoes are well fried and cooked.They should not have any bit of rawness in them. Lastly, add the dry mango powder.Now drop in the panir pieces and fry them for two-three minutes.Next, add in the boiled bitter gourd and fry again for two minutes.Now add the water to make a sumptuous gravy taking care not to add too much of it also.You can fry the cubes without using oil in a pan or use it just as it is for the gravy.Let the gravy simmer for ten minutes.
Our oil-free panir and bitter gourd curry is ready.Garnish it with some chopped cilantro.Serve it with phulkas, steamed rice, dal, veggies or naan.
Friends do try the recipe at home.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great weekend everyone.Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!