Saturday, 18 August 2007

Bharela Kerala / Stuffed Bitter Gourd




This is what we had for supper on Thursday.

Ingredients
6 -8 bitter gourds
1 cup gram (chickpea) flour
1 small onion; choped fine
1 large tomato; blanched, peeled and mashed
2 cloves garlic; minced
1/2 tspn salt
1/2 tspn tumeric powder
2 teaspn cumin/coriander powder
1 tspn mustard seeds
1/2 tspn cumin seeds

1. Add onions, garlic, tumeric and cumin/coriander powders to the gram flour, mix and then add enough water to make a fairly thick batter.

2. Make a slit in each kerala / bitter gourd without spliting into two, scoop all the seed out with a teaspoon. Stuff the space with batter.

3. Heat some oil in a large frying pan, add the mustard and cumin seeds, after they have popped, add the tomatoes, stir and cook for a few minutes, gently place all the stuffed kerala in the pan and cover. (reduce the heat)

4. After about 10 minutes, turn them over, and cover the pan again. Cook for about 25 minutes altogether. We had it with kadhi, kitchri and chapatis
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15 comments:

trupti said...

a perfect menu I say!

Saju said...

thanks Trupti! Long time no see, I hope all is well with you

SeeC said...

Looks very different Saju.
Does the bitter taste gets compensated ?

Saju said...

almost, but you can still get a hint of bitter, which is nice.
Good for me, what with my diabetes!

Wendy said...

Wow. Your site has blown me away. It's about a cuisine that I have never come across before and using ingredients that I am not familiar with at all!
Loving the shock to the system. :)

Saju said...

thanks Wendy.

Kelly Mahoney said...

What a great dish! Sounds pretty hardy for a vegetarian dish as well.

Kumudha said...

Wow! yummy vegan recipes!

Cynthia said...

Okay, you can keep everything, just pass me the stuffed bitter gourd :)

Lia said...

wonderful dish since i love bitter guard also, iam never had this style, i shall try next time thanks :)

Padma said...

I love karela any which way cooked and yours looking inviting.....hey you changed the format of you blog from right to left? cool!

Sharmi said...

I love bharwan karela. its my favorite. I too have one in my blog.

Priyanka said...

I looooooove bharela karela.... amazing Saju and so is the lotus root sabzi... had it ages ago in Pune...

Seemin said...

I don't like bitter gourd but your recipe makes it look delicious!! I will try it soon!!

Saju said...

Thanks Seemin, do try it is delicious, especialy with yougurt or khadi.

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