Recipe for - பாகற்காய் கசக்கல் Pagarkkai Kasakkal.
Recipe by Chef Swaminatha Sharma
This is a traditional dish from the Tanjore Belt, being served during dinner menu on the day of Marriage of our brahmin community. This recipe has its own taste due to the crispyness and the besan flour coated on the bitter gaurd and goes yummy with any rice. Especially, the taste lingers in the mouth when taken with Curd Rice along with Green Chilly Pachadi too... which is also served in dinner. The traditional recipe is given below :
Peel the skin of Bitter guard... cut into small pieces of 1/4 inch size. If possible.. mash with hand to pieces.. bring to boil in Tamarind water + Salt + Turmeric Powder... Drain water and keep ready. In a wok, add Gingelly oil, splutter Mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida. add the Bitter gaurd and saute well until water is fully drained. Add Turmeric powder and chilly powder. Once nearing crispyness, sprinkle besan flour over it and make it sure its crispy and dry. Remove and drain excess oil.. Serve hot with Rice. Your traditional Pagarkkai Kasakkal - பாகற்காய் கசக்கல் is ready.