Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stuffed Karela(Bitter gourd) - Type1

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Bitter gourd is a common medicinal food for diabetics.Very few people like this vegetable and my hubby is one among them.He is a very big fan of karela and so it is prepared atleast once a week at our place.He likes to eat it even with roti or even as a snack.I prepare so many stuffed variety recipes with bitter gourd and I have learnt this version from my mom and it is always liked by everyone.Even though you are not a karela lover,I am sure you will definitely like this version of karela as the bitterness of karela is reduced by prior cooking process.

Ingredients:

5-6 Bitter gourds(long or short)

1/4 cup thin tamarind pulp
1 tbsp jaggery

1/2 tsp haldi
(turmeric)
1 tsp salt

3-4 tbsp oil


for stuffing:

2 tbsp Chana dal
1 tbsp urad dal

1 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 tsp pepper corns

2 tbsp besan(chickpea flour)
3-4 Laung

1/2" cinnamon

5-6 red chillies
2 pods of garlic
salt



Method:
  • Wash and cut off corners and cut Bitter gourds into half (2" pieces) and scoop out the seeds from it.
  • Boil water with tamarind pulp,salt,haldi and jaggery in a deep vessel and add bitter gourds to it and boil until soft,75% done.This process reduces the bitterness of the bitter gourds.
  • Remove the bitter gourds from the mixture and run cold water over them and keep aside.
  • In a pan heat a spoon of oil add chana dal,urad dal,coriander seeds,cumin seeds,pepper corns,Laung,cinnamon,red chillies until light golden brown in color.Cool it and grind it to a coarse powder by adding salt to it.Add garlic pods to it and grind again once.
  • Dry roast besan and mix with the ground masala.Add a spoon of oil to the mixture just to make it wet which helps in easily stuffing the bitter gourds.
  • Stuff the mixture in the bitter gourds tightly with the stuffing mixture.
  • Heat a pan and add 2-3 tsp of oil and when the oil is hot place the bitter gourds carefully and fry it on medium flame for 8-10 mins until it is crispy and browned evenly.(you can even deep fry those stuffed bitter gourds in the oil to get better taste,but I prefer shallow fry method in order to cut the extra calories).
  • Cut into rounds like I have shown or serve it as it is.
Serve it with hot rice and ghee.

49 comments:

Pari said...

Hi Prathibha!
Even my husband loves the bittergourd. I have some bittergourd , let me experiment with your version this time , will let you know how it turned out.

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely presentation dear....nice recipe

Sushma Mallya said...

well new dish for me prathiba..never tried sfuffing in karela...will def try it ...

LG said...

I remember my mother making this but never had courage to try it..looks good in the pic

alice said...

nice clicks! stuffed karela sounds good... you have a nice space!

Lissie

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Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks so yum! The presentation is also amazing...

Varunavi said...

I love this,but i don't know how to do this,my mom sister used to do this and when ever i visit her make sure that she does this to me,loved the presentation :)

Valarmathi said...

New to me. Looks so yummy and tempting.

Vrinda said...

Bittergourd is my fav veg..and this is new to me..nicely presented...

Ann said...

Bittergourd is my fav veggie..stuffing looks truly admirable and the picture makes me drool!!

Ann said...

I love bittergourd, this one looks so yumm

Pavithra said...

MMMMMMM thats my favourite veggie in my list...Nicely presented ..its really tempting and mouthwatering prathy...

Pavithra said...

Adding laung and cinnamon is really new to me other things are somewhat same surely this is my next try with karela.

Bharathy said...

I heartily dislike this vegetable :)...but sincerely love your recipe...
the addition of jaggery and tamarind is sure to make it yummier, bringing down the bitterness :)

Pooja said...

Looks so delicious! My husband is a big fan of bittergourd. I would love to try this out !

Preety said...

i never had this veggie in my whole life i think but same as yours my husband love it..i usually prepare for him only will try your recipe whenever i am preparing next time..

Rush said...

love the decor..i always get mixed between Pratibha and Pavithra..both of u guys are amazing in food decor..a niche product to market..huge potential guys!!

Ashwini said...

I like my bitter gourd fried.. this looks yum.. will try it..

Vani said...

Not my fav veggie this. But this sure looks good! :)

chakhlere said...

Nice presentation Pratibha!
Though I not fond of karela, this stuffed karela looks yummy!

Mangala Bhat said...

Lovely presentaion ..Nice recipe ..Thanks for sharing

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Interesting recipe. We r huge fans of karela,will try this soon.Looks yummy and luved the click:).

Gita said...

Nice presentation dear...it must have tasted great with rice :)

munchcrunchandsuch said...

I am not a fan of karelas..but ur pic is making me drool big time

Suparna said...

I like karelas, I've not made it this way so far :) the presentation is beautiful, the recipe seems really tempting to make . I've bookmarked it.
TC

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

After seeing your photo, i don't see any reason for any body not becoming a fan of Karela. Looks delicious and a very beautiful presentation.

veggie belly said...

i'll take fried bittergourd any time! and if its stuffed, even better! this looks mouthwatering.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Recipe sure will suppress the bitterness,but i will never buy or cook bitter gourd in my life!!

Simran said...

Looks very interesting...I've never made it this way!

DEESHA said...

looks soo good .. i make only gojju with this .. never made stuffed karela

Dibs said...

lovely version. I usually stuff while karelas, and then its messy as you use a thread to tie it so that it does not open up etc! This is so much better!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow...that's an flavourful recipe...bitter gourd being my fav....iam ready to indulge....

EC said...

My husband also loves Karela ..will try ur stuffed karela recipe next time I make it..

Priti said...

Never tried this version of stuffin...looking yum..shall try...you can check in my blog diff kind of stuffing

littletastebuds said...

Our fav veggie.Looks so delicious.

Shri said...

It looks so yummy and tempting..I am drooling all over here:((We make a similar version however, we dont make it into circles..Actually this looks more beautiful:)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Stuffed bitter gourd is what I ve never tried making. Till now afraid of its bitterness. But ur recipe tempts me a lot:)

Sumi said...

good recipe for bitterguard.I can eat it in any form.I miss this vegetable over here

sangi said...

Excellent recipe as usual... !

Divya Kudua said...

Stuffed karela looks appetising..:).There are a few dishes I like with karela and this one's among it..but pity I haven't tried making it on my own.I like the first pic of karela resting peacefully on the mound of rice..excellent:)

Yasmeen said...

Delicious ! I love the stuffing,I make I eat karela at least once every week :D

rekhas kitchen said...

nice presentation and a different recipe I use to stuff bitter gourd with potato this stuffing is new to me interesting will try this for sure.

Learn Speaking English said...

healthy preparation.

Smitha said...

Karela is one of my fav veggie. I like the idea of stuffing it. Good one

Prathibha said...

Thank you all for your lovely words...

lata raja said...

Thanks Prathiba for your nice comment. You have such a lovely space out here.I happen to have some karelas now in my fridge. So will stuff them this way tomorrow itself.

Laavanya said...

I've not made stuffed pavakai so far even though I love pavakkai... very pretty presentation as usual :)

Renu said...

nice recipe...soo different than what I make....I like ur idea of boiling gourds with jaggery, tamarind. Looks like u didn't scrape the skin? is it....

EC said...

I dont eat bittergourd, but I made it for my hubby and he liked it a lot..thanks for the recipe

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