Friday, April 15, 2011

Stuffed Bittergourd Fry

  • Bittergourd-3 no large or medium
  • Sour Buttermilk-1 cup
  • Salt-little
  • Tamarind-1/2 "
  • Turmeric-pinch
  • Oil for frying
 Stuffing Powder:
  • Whole Dhaniya-1tbsp
  • Red chillies or Red ChilliPowder-3no or 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Peanuts-1/4 cup
  • Garlic Pods-1 or two 
  • Oil-1tbsp
  • Cumin seeds-1/2tsp
  • Mustard seeds-1/2tsp
  • Chanadal-1/2tsp
  • Curry leaves-few
  • Clean the Bittergourds with water.
  • Do not peel it and (cut in to two halves is optional) .
  • Cook this bittergourds in a vessel pouring the sour buttermilk ,little salt ,turmeric & tamarind.
  • Let it cook well and keep it aside.
  • Meanwhile heat a pan and dry roast all the above stuffing ingredients avoiding the garlic pods.
  • Cool down and make a powder in the mixy jar by adding the garlic pods; and keep it aside.
  • Now take the cooked bittergourds and cut a slit in to the belly of the karela.
  • Fill the belly of the karela with stuffing  and you can tuck the Karela with the thread so that the stuffing does not falls out.
  • Heat the pan with oil for the seasoning.
  • Add the Mustard seeds,Cumin seeds,chanadal,when they splutters add the curry leaves and turn of the heat.Keep this aside.
  • In the same pan ,add oil for frying the stuffed karelas.
  • Fry them well untill it changes its color.
  • Turn them in the middle of the cook and takecare not to blacken or burn them.
  • Remove it and take it on plate remove the thread if tied so and add the seasoning.
  • Sprinkle few tablespoons of the reamining stuffing powder and serve it along with rice.
  • Cook the karelas with the sufficient amount of buttermilk or along with the water by adding little salt,turmeric and tamarind.
  • Do not over fill the belly of the Karelas with the stuffing powder.

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