My Sri Lankan friend gave me the seeds which grew and produced gourds. Now how to cook it? My Thai friend told me that the Thais make them into an omelette. I have added a few other ingredients and this is the result. I think it tastes quite good, but even better with a splash of sweet chilli sauce before serving. Bitter gourd needs to be salted and then rinsed. The salt removes some of the bitterness.
I came across this recipe on the internet - it is attributed to Omari, from the village of Matandoni on the island of Lamu off the Kenyan coast. It calls for coconut vinegar which can be found in Asian supermarkets. I made it for a dinner party and it was delicious, but tasted even better the next day. A good one to make ahead and then reheat with all the flavours having blended nicely.
I first tasted this dish years ago when I was served it by my then boyfriend's mother, who was of Italian descent, but never got the recipe at the time. Over the years since then, I have tried to recreate it. This recipe comes close and is now a family favourite.
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