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.