Panchamrut is a typical side accompaniment along with the relishes on any Marathi festive occasion. This is more like a chutney.Panch which means five and amrut which means the drink which confers immortality upon the gods. However in this dish, it is the five tastes which ideally make this taste divine. The five tastes are sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness and other spices.
You will need:
Bitter gourd/Karela 1 chopped in roundels
Oil 2 tablespoons
Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
Goda masala 2 teaspoon
Asofoetida a pinch
Curry leaves a few
Turmeric 1 teaspoon
Green chillies 4 chopped
Sesame seed roasted and ground in mortar and pestle 2 tablespoons
Roasted peanuts 2 tablespoons ground
Jaggery 1 tablespoon
Tamarind pulp 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Warm water 1 cup.
Coriander chopped for garnishing
Place a pan on heat. Prepare a tempering using oil, mustard seeds, asofoetida, turmeric and curry leaves. Add in the chopped green chillies. Add the biter gourd. Mix in the tamarind pulp, jaggery,goda masala and salt. Add in the ground sesame seeds and peanuts. Add the warm water and bring to boil. Serve this with any meals. I love it with the sweet puran polis.