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'.

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

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.
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