1. Peel and slice the gourd.
2. Sprinkle salt and put aside for an hour.
3. Wash the vegetable with water.
4. If you want to remove its bitterness boil in water for five minutes and drain.
5. Heat oil in a pan, fry onions, garlic paste and cumin seeds.
6. Add the other ingredients along with the gourd.
7. Cover the pan and cook till tender.