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Dec 9, 2008

Stuffed karela/bittergourd- spicy side dish for chapati

bittergourd stuffed One of my best friends M used to bring this in her tiffin box to office and we loved it. I asked her for the recipe and then made it once at home. It became a frequent thing after that. After a long time, I made it again and decided to blog about it as some friends requested for the recipe.I am not sure whether I have followed "M's"exact recipe as I made it almost after a gap of two years. But this was equally tasty and was finished in no time with phulkas. Thank you 'M'.

Ingredients-
Karela/bittergourd- 5 to 6 small ones
Onions- 1 finely chopped
Garlic- 2 cloves- finely chopped
Green chillies-1 finely choped
Ginger- a small piece chopped fine or grated
Turmeric powder- 1tsp
Red chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Fennel seeds- 1tsp
Cumin seeds- 1tsp
Coriander powder- 1tsp
Garam masala- 1tsp
Groundnuts- 1/2 cup roasted and powdered
Oil- a few teaspoons as needed

Method-
Slit one portion of the gourd vertically and remove all the seeds. Boil them in water for 5 minutes so that the skin becomes slightly tender. Dry them.Rub them with salt and turmeric and keep for sometime. Later gently squeeze out the water. This step will reduce the bitterness.Keep it aside.
For the stuffing
Heat little oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and fennel seeds. Then add ginger , garlic, green chillies
and then the onion and saute for few seconds. Then add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder and garam masala and salt. Mix well. Add the powdered ground nuts. At this point, the onions should be crispy.(Dont cook for a long time)
Now fill the treated gourds with this stuffing. Rub little oil on them.
Arrange them on a shallow saucepan. Add little oil on the sides and close with a lid. Cook till the skin becomes dark brown. Keep turning them in between so that they cook on all sides.
bittergourd stuffed Serve hot with chapatis/phulkas.

23 comments:

Suma Rajesh said...

hey soumya...same pinch on posting the same veggie...urs looks superb and i got another recipe to try with bittergourd..:)

Cham said...

Is that the chinese bittergourd u used? Looks gorgeous the stuffed one!

sowmya said...

no cham... they are the indian ones only..with teethy ridges and pointed towards the ends..only they are smaller in size, so they dont look very narrow in the middle

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

cute bite sized healthy karelas. looks great.

Premyscakes said...

Sowmya, It looks perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Alka said...

Love karela in any form..so this recipe is a surely gonna find its turn when i make karela next time :-)

Priya said...

Am drooling over them..delicious stuffed bittergourds..

Divya Kudua said...

Wow..lovely looking stuffed karelas Sowmya..something I have never tried making..;-)

Laavanya said...

That looks so good.. i don't think i've tasted stuffed karelas before sounds awesome.

Sukanya said...

Yum Yum....would love to try this recipe. Karelas are good for health but not so popular, this is a good way to make people eat karela.

Usha said...

I have never tried stuffed karela's sounds delicious :-)

Anonymous said...

its looks mouthwatering ..a small suggestion for those who wud like it a bit sweet..u can add a little jaggery in the stuffing...the sweet and spicy taste will be awesome!!!

Happy cook said...

I have to admit this is not a fav vegetable from me.
Mom used to force us to eat this saying teh were really good for us and we kids hated the veg .

Soma said...

This is one of the best karela dishes I have ever had. My mom in law always makes this for me:-) the fennelf gives it that distinct flavor.

Sharmi said...

oh those tiny karelas look so cute:) I too love making this recipe.

raaji said...

OOh gr8 u got such cute small karelas.....i know its healthy but doesnt make it at home.....

DEESHA said...

stuffed karela is new to me. Looks really yummy

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Kalai said...

I've never tried this before, but it looks fabulous, Sowmya!! :)

Joanna said...

this is one of the coolest recipes i've ever seen. i haven't heard of karelas before. is it a pepper?

notyet100 said...

addition of peanut is different for me,...will try this version soon,..:-)

Sunshinemom said...

Karela looks good especially the second picture, a little charred - thats where the taste lies. I am not very fond of karela but I can eat this kind!

Vishali said...

Hey somya,

The bittergourd recipelooks very nice...I posted a similar fry recipe on my blog.....will try your version this time...

regards,
vishali
I am new to blogging
http://vishuskitchen.blogspot.com

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