Don’t get scared to see Bitter melon (Some does like it for bitterness), Bitter melon is very healthy and good for you. I add some tips end of the recipe if you don’t want to use onion or if you skip frying the fish option. Instead of Hilsa fish you can use shrimp / prawn. Please try this authentic Bangladeshi recipe. Thanks.
1 head and 1 tail of Hilsa fish
500 grams bitter melon
½ cup onion chopped(optional)
½ teaspoon ginger paste
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon chilli powder or to taste
2-3 green chillies sliced
3 tablespoon oil
Salt to taste
How to make:
Wash bitter melon and cut into lengthwise slice to follow the picture. Keep it aside.
Cut potato into slice about same thickness like bitter melon to follow the picture and wash it. Keep it aside.
Clean head and tail of Hilsa, wash and add ¼ teaspoon turmeric and salt with it.
Heat the oil and when oil is ready, fry fish about 2 minutes each side. Remove fish from oil and keep aside.
In same oil add chopped onion and fry till it becomes transparent. Add ginger paste , turmeric powder , chilli powder, 1 tablespoon water and salt; cook it oil is separated.
Add potato and bitter melon pieces and stir it; add about 1 and ¼ cup water and cook under closed lid about 3-4 minutes.
Add fish pieces and green chillies in it and cook till potato and bitter melon become tender.
Serve Bitter Melon with Hilsa Head and Tail / Ilish Matha Leje Korola with hot plain rice.