Monday, March 17, 2014

Stir-Fried Bitter Melon, Eggplant & Daikon Radish

Karola Begun Mulo Bhaja
Bengalis generally begin their midday meal with bitter melon which can be prepared in many different ways. I usually combine 3, 5 or 7 vegetables. Today the bitter melon is stir-fried along with oriental eggplant and daikon radish. It's a simple dish, seasoned only with salt and a splash of mustard oil.

1 bitter melon/ucche, de-seeded & cubed
1 oriental eggplant, cubed
1 daikon radish, peeled & cubed
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. radhuni (wild celery seed)
salt to taste
1 Tbsp. mustard oil

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat and sputter radhuni.
  2. Stir-fry melon, eggplant, radish & salt to taste.
  3. When vegetables are cooked, garnish with mustard oil.
  4. Transfer to serving dish.
Serve with steamed rice as a first course of a Bengali meal.

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