Do you cook this Bitter gourd type? We call it as ‘Thumba Kariwila’ or ‘Thumba Karawila’ in Sri Lanka. However, what we found in Sri Lanka is smaller in size.In this Thumba Kariwila curry,I use tomatoes to add flovaour together with creaminess of coconut milk.You can easily substitute tomatoes with tamarind or ‘Goraka’ to adjust the flavour.
Sometimes we find this vegetable in Little India –Singapore, those are little bit bigger than the ones we find in Sri Lanka.I cook it with tomato and coconut milk. It is good in taste and well goes with plain rice and other sides.
Usually I search the web for details before I post any recipe. Interestingly, I could find lot of different names for this vegetable which we call as Thumba Kariwila. Some of those names are Kantola, Forest bitter gourd,spiny gourd or Momordica dioica
In your country, how do you call this vegetable? If you call any different name, please share it in comment section. I am sure it will be a good information to all who read this post.
Here is the recipe for Thumba Kariwila-in Sri Lankan style.If you like other Thumba Karawila recipes,then check this Thumba kariwila stir fry.It is also a delicious way to cook this spiny gourd.
Ingredients: (for 2-3 servings)
150g Thumba Kariwila (forest bittergourd)
1 tomato sliced
1 onion sliced
1-2 tsp chili powder
1 tbs Raw curry powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
Piece of cinnamon stick
Piece of a pandan leaf (rampe)-optional
2 tbspn cooking Oil
Thick coconut milk ½ cup
Salt to taste
Wash & cut tumba kariwila into big pieces.Keep aside.
Mix all the spices listed above with the pieces and keep aside.
Heat about 2-3 tbspn oil in a pan.
When it is hot, add mustard seeds.
When it is popping out, add onion and sauté for a while.
Once onion are tender, add curry leaves and rampa accordingly.
Mix well and sauté for about 1 minute.
Then add tomato into this and sauté till tomato cooked well.(becomes like a sauce/paste)
Once tomato is well cooked, add thumba kariwila which we kept aside. Mix well. Cover & cook for 10-15 minutes in very low flame. The liquid in tomato paste is enough for cooking. If the mix appears dry, add few spoons of water.
When thumba kariwila is cooked and well coated with tomato paste, add thick coconut milk.
Adjust salt to taste. Cook another 1-2 minutes while mixing the curry.
Serve with plain rice & Enjoy!!!