28 January, 2016
Stuffed Bitter Gourd/ Bharwan Karela
Date – 23.1.2016
Preparation time – 15 mins
Cooking time – 45 mins
Cuisine – north indian
Recipe type – side
Serve – 3-4
Bittergourd – 300 g (medium sized)
Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Mustard or sunflower oil – 4 tbsp (approximately)
salt – as per taste
Oil – 3 tbsp or some more
For making paste
Onion – 1 medium or 40 g
Garlic clove – 5-6
Dry coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds/jeera – 1 tsp
Rinse the bitter gourd/karela and peel the outer skin with the peeler.
Wash again. (if you do not like bitter taste leave bitter gourd in hot+salty water for 10 mins )
Give a slit cut to the karela.
Take all the ingredients under ‘for making paste’ and make fine paste.
Heat 1 1/2 tbsp of oil and add grinded paste. Add salt.
Fry masala till water evaporates and dry. Let it cool down.
Stuff the masala in karela.
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in thick bottom kadai.
Place stuffed karela and fry them all the sides, for fast cooking cover with lid and change the sides in between.
When karela cooked cover the karela with a plate and keep any heavy thing on top of the plate. This method will make karela crisp. Do both the sides. (see pics)
Now stuffed karela is ready serve it with dal-roti or dal – rice combo.
Wash the karela
Peel them and wash again
Give a slit cut
Take ingredients in a blender under ‘for making paste’
Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil
Place paste , red chilly, turmeric and salt
Fry this masala till water evaporates and dry or fry for 2 minutes, let it cool down
Stuff this masala into the karela
Heat 2 tbsp of oil
Place the stuffed karela
Cover with the lid and cook them for 4-5 mins over medium flame
Open the lid and turn all the karela other sides and again cover with lid
Follow this method till karela cooked from the all sides
Now cover the karela with a plate and keep any heavy thing on top of the plate
After 2 minutes turn karela and follow same method this side too
Stuffed karela is ready