Monday, August 2, 2010

Kakarakaya Sweet Masala Curry

This super simple Andhra speciality is a regular in our meals.So I tried  the Bittergourd curry without Bitterness.So friends you also try and surprise the taste .

  • Bittergourd/Kakarakaya (large) -3 nos
  • Onion (Sliced lengthwise)-2 no
  • Garam Masala-a pinch
  • Green chili (minced)-1 no
  • Bengalgram-1tsp
  • Split blackgram-1/2tsp
  • Dry red chili-1 no
  • Mustard-1/4
  • Cumin-1/4
  • Asafoetida-1/4
  • Curryleaves-6
  • Salt to taste
  • Jaggery/sugar (added for sweetness )-to taste
  • Dalchina/Cinnamon-1 stick
  • Elachi-1 pod
  • Lavangam/Clove-1 no
  • Haldi-1/2tsp
  • Cilantro to garnish
  • Water-2cups
  • Red chili powder-1tsp
Cooking Method:
  • Wash the Bittergourd/Kakarakaya and scrap the edges.
  • Chop the top and bottom portion ,then cut the remaining  in to thin circular rounds.
  • Heat water with turmeric,bring it to a rolling boil,add the bittergourd pieces and let it boil for 4 to 5 mins.
  • Switch off and drain all the water.
  • Keep the kakarakaya pieces aside.
  • Now heat oil in a frying pan and add onions,minced green chilies and fry till translucent.
  • Take it into a bowl and keep a side.
  • Now in the same frying pan add little oil for tempering in this order..........First goes the mustard ,and bengalgram,then the split blackgram,dry red chilli,cuminseeds and curryleaves and sprinkle the Asafoetida.
  • Take a mixyjar/Mortar ,add fried onions,minced greenchillies from bowl which was kept aside.
  • Add garammasala,Clove,cinnamon,elachi,Jaggery/Sugar and make it to a coarse/fine paste.
  • Now ad the cooked bittergourd pieces to the tempering by adding little Turmeric ,red chilipowder and salt.,add the grinded paste also.
  • Keep frying over low medium flame for next 15 minutes until it looks slightly crispy with oil separating.
  • When done switch off and garnish with Cilantro.
  • Serve hot as a side for rice.
  • To remove the bitterness of bittergourd add little salt and Turmeric in abowl overnight.
  • Press the water from pieces and proceed to Cook curry.

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