My visits to Bombay are all the more enjoyable because I get to pick up a few recipes from Asha, a brilliant cook with a great sense of humour and much good will.Those who have enjoyed Asha's karela recipe are sure to love this. A mild curry with simla mirch and coconut. Very quick to produce as well.
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp rai/ mustard seeds
5 cloves of garlic
2 green chillies
3 or about 250 gms large simla mirch/ green peppers
1/6th coconut a 3"x 3" chunk
2 tbsps toasted til/ sesame seeds
1 walnut sized peice of tamarind.
3 tbps boiled peanuts
1 pinch of haldi
Salt to taste
Heat the oil and pop the mustard seeds. Fry the chillies and garlic lightly for a few seconds then begin sauteeing the peppers. Add the turmeric and mix well. Saute on low heat.
When the vegetables are fairly cooked and soft add the coconut sesame seed paste .Stir well till lightly fried.
Strain the tamarind pulp through a tea strainer and add to the vegetables along with 1 cup of water.Stir in the boiled peanuts. Simmer for 15 minutes.