Bitter Melon and Brinjal Relish

Bitter Melon and Brinjal Relish


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About this recipe: This Indian relish is a great accompaniment to almost any Indian main.


Serves: 32 

  • 1 bitter melon, seeded and julienned
  • 1 aubergine, julienned
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 green chillies, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 120ml water
  • 125ml vinegar
  • 2 (5cm) pieces minced fresh root ginger
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the bitter melon and aubergine to the boiling water and return to the boil; boil for 2 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water to stop from cooking further.
  2. Toss the bitter melon, aubergine, carrot, garlic, green chillies and shallot in a large bowl; cover with cling film and set aside.
  3. Stir the water, vinegar, ginger, sugar and salt together in a saucepan; bring to the boil until the sugar has dissolved completely. Set aside to cool completely. Pour the cooled vinegar mixture over the vegetables in the bowl, assuring the vegetables are completely submerged. Cover and refrigerate. Serve cold.


Look for bitter melon at your local Asian market.

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