Friday, 10 October 2014

Karela / Bitter Gourd Stir Fry

Karela known as Bitter Gourd in English is a healthy vegetable, specially beneficial for Diabetics, but most us hate eating it due to its bitterness, I was too a one in it. But I have started eating this dish, since past year and a half. It goes well with roti, dipped in curd and eaten. 

Karela 1 cup, Roundly cut
Onion 1, chopped
Green chili paste 1, slit
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Asafoetida 1 pinch
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Red chili Powder 1 tsp
Cumin - Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tbsp
Freshly chopped coriander leaves little

Peel the skin of the karela,{ little with the peeler} and cut them round. Remove the seeds from the center of the round cut pieces if any, specially thick or big seeds. 

In a pan, heat oil. Once heated, add mustard seeds and asafoetida. Once it splutters add green chili, onion and karela, give a stir and add turmeric powder  and salt and cover the pan with the lid and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Now open, add cumin - coriander powder and close the lid again and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until cooked.

Now open and check. If cooked add red chili powder, mix and cook for a minute.

Garnish with coriander leaves. 

After cutting the karela, spread it on a plate, add little salt and keep for few minutes, by which the extreme bitterness of the vegetable will get reduced.

Whenever you open the lid for the next step, the vapor water that is released on the lid should be dropped on the vegetable itself, so that the vegetable will get moisture of its own itself.

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  1. I & Monu Gillani are celebrating our very 1st combine event series - HM Besties Event #1 - Meat Lovers Month- U are most welcomed to link ur recipes here :) For details click here: Meat lovers Month

    1. I am a vegetarian, anyways...Thanks for Inviting me.


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