This was my first taste of bitter melon or gourd. I bought this morsel from a street-food stall waiting for a bus in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Asking what it was the vendor shouted “bittaaa” repeatedly, making a “face”. I was intrigued. Continue reading “Thai Bitter Melon With Egg”
Karela Sabzi – Indian Spiced Bitter Gourd
This is my first mention of Indian cuisine – not curry, which is a more British invention and I will talk about later. Why the reticence? I think Indian cuisines are so sublime I needed to feel ready to share something SO close to my heart. But enough sentimentality! Let’s get on with the show. Continue reading “Karela Sabzi – Indian Spiced Bitter Gourd”
Bitter-Gourd – a cure for diabetes?
Momordica Charantia – AKA Bitter Melon or Karela
I’ve been coming across this knobbly green gourd for years in London, as I’m in the habit of frequenting Asian and Oriental shops and market-stalls where they’re ubiquitous. Yet, not knowing what to do with it I’ve simply passed it by. Continue reading “Bitter-Gourd – a cure for diabetes?”