Sweet is mainly carbohydrates, dairy products. Here, it is from the chapatis and ripe-mango.
Sour is from tomatoes and lemon juice.
Salty is from salt.
Pungent is from the onions, ginger, garlic, red chilli powder and curry powder.
Bitter is from Bitter Gourd.
Except for the ‘Astringent’ flavour which is imparted by tart fruits, beans and legumes, this curry contains all the basic flavours in it.
The amalgamation of 5 different flavours to form one is something that one must experience to understand. After all the birthday partying the previous day, this curry with Phulkas as a simple dinner felt totally divine.
Check out Vaishali’s recipe using bitter gourds and raw mangoes here.