A bittersweet concoction that lives up to its name...

We say this with affection, but here goes our recipe for the spicy, bitter “Mother-in-Law”!


Ingredients (makes one small serving)

1 large carrot

1 daikon/moorai

1 bitter melon/carille

2 medium onions

3 Scotch bonnet peppers (yes, the spicier the better!)

10 leaves of bhandaniya/chadon beni

Juice of 2-3 limes



  1. Dice the daikon/moorai and carrot into small cubes.
  2. Scoop out the innards of the bitter melon/caraille and finely chop.
  3. Slice onions into half rings, and finely chop bhandaniya and scotch bonnet peppers.
  4. Use gloves for chopping the peppers for safety.
  5. In a bowl, add lime juice and salt to chopped ingredients and mix.
  6. Serve alongside any rich dish such as a curry or fried chicken.


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