I am treading cautiously and respectfully around this dish, which is revered by Bangladeshi people. It is beautiful, and shows how countries renowned for their fish and meat dishes can have stunning vegetarian dishes too.
Plantain and bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd, really are a great pair, complementing each other both texturally and in flavour. Bitter melon is now being made into tablets and sold in the West as a medicinal food, while we in the subcontinent have known of its healing benefits for years, and understood how its bitterness can be subdued by cooking it with plantain.
Cut the marunga and beans into 4 cm (1½ inch) lengths, and dice the eggplant, bitter melons, gourds, pumpkin and potatoes into evenly sized cubes.
Remove the lid and pour in about
Stir in the remaining mustard oil and remove from the heat.
Serve warm, with white rice.
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