Prawns with Bitter Melon

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Appears in
The Food of India: A Journey for Food Lovers

By Priya Wickramasinghe

Published 2005

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Most asians eat bitter melon because its bitter taste is one of the five sought-after flavours: bitter, sweet, sour, salty and aromatic. When bitter melon is degorged, the bitterness is lessened. Paler or yellower ones are less bitter but more fibrous.


  • 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) bitter melon, peeled 300


Slice the bitter melon in half and scoop out any seeds and membrane. Slice into half-moon shapes 5 mm (¼ inch) thick. Sprinkle with salt and degorge in a colander for 30 minutes. Rinse and drain, then dry