Panchamrut/Kayras with Bitter Gourd.


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.

This side dish goes for the event organised and hosted by Naina and PJ….The flavours of Maharashtra.

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