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Bitter Melon And Cucumber Salad
(Atsara)
What You Need:
  • 1 medium-sized bitter melon (about 1- to 1½ -pounds)
  • 1 medium-sized cucumber, peeled
  • 4 teaspoons coarse salt or substitute
  • 1 tablespoon regular salt
  • ½ cup finely chopped onions
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • How To Cook:
    1. Wash the bitter melon under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels. Cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds by running the tip of a spoon down each half.

    2. With a small, sharp knife, cut V-shaped grooves, about ¼ inch deep and spaced ½ inch apart, the entire length of the cucumber. Then slice the melon and cucumber crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick half-rounds.

    3. To remove some of the bitterness and moisture from the melon, place it in a deep bowl, add the salt and squeeze the melon vigorously with both hands.

    4. Let the melon rest at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it in a sieve under cold water. Squeeze the pieces dry.

    5. Combine the melon, cucumbers and onions in a serving bowl, pour in the vinegar and toss gently but thoroughly together. Taste for seasoning. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    NOTE: Canned bitter melon may be substituted for the fresh. Simply slice it and toss with the onions, cucumber and vinegar in a bowl.

    To Serve: 4 to 6
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    Cuisine » Asia » Philippines
    Main Ingredient » Fruits » Melon
    Main Ingredient » Vegetables » Cucumbers
    Dish » Salads



     

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