Bitter guard & Brinjal rice

On a cold night, after a tiresome day when you enter your home after work how will you feel when a piping hot bowl of flavorful rice with papads and pickles are presented before you ? Simply heaven right? My lovely mother showed me the heaven yesterday by her heartfelt love and this wonderful dish.

This can be categorized under a quick meal as she said it took less than 10 mins of prep work and the entire process took around 20 mins. Here comes the simple recipe! 


Raw / Basmati rice – 1 cup

Water – 2.5 cupsBig onion – 1 (chopped)

Tomato small ones – 2 (chopped)

Bitter guard – 1/4 cup (chopped)

Brinjal – 1/2 cup (chopped)Ginger Garlic paste – 1 T

Green chillies (slit lengthwise) – 4 nos

Turmeric – a pinch

Salt – as per taste

Peanut oil – 3 T 

How to make it?

Wash the rice and add the 2.5 cups of water. Place the rice with water in the cooker and without closing the lid keep it on stove top with medium flame. Chop up all veggies and heat oil in the kadai. Once it is hot add the ginger garlic paste and fry them till golden brown. Now add the onions and fry them till they turn pink. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 more mniutes. Now add the bitter guard and brinjal along with turmeric and cook till the brinjal starts wilting. By this time the water with rice in the cooker will be hot enough. Add this veggie mix to it along with required salt, mix well, close the cooker lid and put on the weight. Cook for 3-4 whistles (depends on your cooker).

Serve piping hot with papad and pickles. You can have it with your favorite raita too.

Amma made a delicious curry with Nethili dry fish.  Believe me, bitter guard never tasted as good as in this rice!


12 comments on “Bitter guard & Brinjal rice

  1. The vegetables you have listed are a unique combination. Moms always know what is best for us 🙂
    Yes Suganya. Would dream to be a mother like her!

  2. sounds great….and must’ve been too good that you didn’t leave anything for us to see..:)
    I took the picture but forgot to upload it. Will do that tomorrow!

  3. you are one lucky girl, after a hectic day you come home for this divine meal!!
    hey waiting for the pic!!

  4. Great combo Nirmala. Sounds great! Thanks for the recipe:)

  5. bittergourd tastes good always, if you ask me.

  6. tit for tat is it? my comment from yesterday disappeared!!! this akismet has become wonked if you ask me

  7. LOVE bittergourd, and you had it with dry fish? I am drooling here… and moms are the best 🙂

  8. Lovely recipe nirmala! Adding bitter gourd for rice is great idea for some one like me who loves the vegetable!:)) Your mom is definitely very experienced and calm. If you are calm it hardly takes much time to cook!:))

  9. wow nvr heard of brinjal and bitter guard combination. will have to try it some time.

  10. Nirmala dear, just recovered your comment from spam!:D Some of thewordpress bloggers comments goes to spam for no reason!
    I have already sent laddoos to lakshmi. get in touch with her tomorrow to get a taste. We will definitely meet during my trip to chennai!:)


  12. Hey, lovely recipe for the event I am hosting – I would love for you to send this recipe for my event – ONE DISH MEALS. Check my site or the link below for more details.

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