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Bitter Melon Stuffed with Spiced Tomatoes

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4 Servings


About the Recipe


  • 4 bitter melons

  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 35g chopped ginger

  • 15g dried curry leaves

  • 2 tbsp garam masala

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric

  • Pinch salt

  • 1 large tomato, chopped


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 210C/Gas 7. Cut the melons in half lengthwise and scoop out the pulp and seeds to create a pocket on the inside of each half. Set aside.

Step 2

Put the oil in a large skillet over a medium-high heat, add the onion and ginger and cook for 4 minutes, until the onion is soft and golden. Add the spices and salt, and toast for 30 seconds. 

Step 3

Add the tomato and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool slightly and then spoon the filling into the bitter melon halves. Put the halves back together and tie together with some kitchen string. 

Step 4

Put the remaining oil in a clean skillet and place over a medium-high heat. Brown the stuffed melons on all sides and then place them on a baking sheet. Bake until the melons are tender, about 5 to 7 mins. 


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