Friday, February 18, 2011

stuffed bitter gourd with gravy(bharwan karela) my mom's recipe

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 IN ENGLISH Bitter Gourd and in Sanskrit its  Name is is a very good herb to lower blood sugar.
It is rich in iron and has twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the potassium of bananas, twice the calcium of spinach, and contains vitamins C and B 1 to 3, phosphorus and good dietary fiber.
The principle constituents of Karela are charantin, lectins, and momordicine. Karela has well known result in diabetes mellitus. Karela is also very beneficial in a lot of other disorders that have been troubling mankind.
Stuffed bitter gourd recipe  with gravy are very delicious.

The source of my recipe is my Mom. I grew up enjoying this dish and learned the technique when I was in my B Sc 2nd year.That is when you can say I Bookmarked it from my Mom. However it was not until I got married that I actually prepared it. During our stay at Bhilai, our neighbours greatly admired this dish and it became a routine for me to prepare this at least once a week. The kids-- Vishnu, Mithi, Adheeth and Mamni, to the amazement of their parents, started asking for karela, which they previously hated!
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here is my recipe:
Bitter gourd (Karela) (small) --- 16
Mustard Oil [for real taste]
 aamchoor [dried mango powder] 2 tsp
large tomato-2[cut in 8 pieces  each]

Stuffing [filling] ------grind all to make smooth paste with little water
Garlic -10 nos.
      large onion -2
      cumin  seeds -2 tsp
turmeric powder-1 tsp
salt  -   for taste
coriander powder-3 tsp
dried red chilly-2

gravy: again grind all to make smooth paste
mustard seeds-1 tbsp
garlic-8 nos.
red chilly--2
direction : wash all karelas in running water. Please don’t cut the sides. Now with the help of knife remove seeds and pulp from inside .grind pulp& seeds to smooth   paste with little water
now boil karelas in water with pinch of salt  till half done . drain water and keep aside
heat a non sticky pan add  2 tbsp oil  add 1 pinch  cumin seeds  in hot oil ,after crackling cumin  add pulp paste and filling paste 1 tsp turmeric powder, salt , roast it till the filling becomes dry, keep aside to cool.
After  5 minutes  the stuff {filling}  is ready  to fill in the karelas .now fill the karelas with filling stuff. some
Filling stuff  will left but don’t worry add it in the gravy
Now put 2 tbsp oil in non sticky pan and  fry the  all the stuffed karelas without covering the lid   fry all the sides /if you are health conscious microwave it for 10 minutes with little oil  or without oil.

For gravy
Now put 1 tsp oil in non sticky pan add a pinch of cumin seeds after crackling add the gravy paste  ,add a pinch turmeric powder ,salt to taste ,left stuff.  stir and fry  till dry avoid over roast. add 1 glass water when the gravy becomes little thick  add the fried stuffed  karelas , add aamchoor powder ,tomatoes cover the lid simmer the flame for 5—6 minutes. .remove from heat. keep some dry fried stuffed karelas and serve with rice .
Serve hot with rice  and some curd for best taste. pls dont serve anything else.


aipi said...

I love stuffed bitter gourds and this looks yum. Perfect with rice n dal :)

Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event
Just one didn't mention anywhere, how it was bookmarked or what was the source of this recipe. You must indicate this in order to link it to "Bookmarked Recipes - Every Tuesday" event. will appreciate if you please update your post with this info..Thanks again

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savitha ramesh said...

Lovely stufing with karela.first time here.u have a wonderful space.glad to follow u .

Now Serving said...

We love this dish- Nice recipe dear

sona_r said...

Thanks all :)

Reshmi said...

Hi.. first time here and i love the way u r carrying ur cute space.. stuffed karela is one of my favs.. following u!!

sona_r said...

Thanks Reshmi for the lovely to follo you.