Bitter gourd salad
1 medium bitter gourd
1 medium cucumber
1 bird's eye chilli
1 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste
1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds ( optional)
1/4 tsp cumin seeds (optional)
1 dry red chilli (optional)
Choose a bitter gourd which is firm. Squishy ones may be old and wilted or even have started decaying inside.
Wash & trim the edges of both the bitter gourd and the cucumber
Grate the cucumber to get one cup. You can keep the peel on as it is healthy and adds a bit to the crunch. Add it to your mixing bowl.
Cut the bitter gourd lengthwise and scoop out the center. Now grate the outer thick rind to get one cup.
Pound the birds eye chili carefully with a pinch of salt. Add in the lemon juice to this to form the dressing.
Scoop up the dressing and add to the grated veggies in the bowl. Please handle carefully as birds eye chili is strong and can burn your fingers.
Toss well gently and adjust the salt to it.