Friday, October 3, 2014

Stuffed Bitter Gourds

BM # 45   Week 1   Day 1

Bitter gourds is one dish that lot of people do not like. The name bitter is so apt for this veggie which is so bitter.There are people who love these bitter gourds and I am one of them. They are one of my favorite veggies and I love to experiment with these. For this marathon under the theme North Indian side dishes I am making stuffed Karelas.

The Sindhis normally stuff onion and garlic in these, but I have seen my friends stuffing potatoes . I modified and added corn to it.

Bitter gourds need to be prepared first so that they do not taste as bitter. I have seen various people trying different methods of marinating the gourds which helps to remove the bitterness. I normally peel the gourds, (mind you I never throw the peel as it makes a wonderful accompaniment, called karele ji Katt ) and apply salt , a little generously and rub in curd and some wheat flour. I then leave them to marinate for about 30 minutes or a little longer. Rinse them well under running tap water to remove all the excess salt and flour and yogurt. Next you must squeeze these to remove all the excess water. Now these are ready to be used for any dish you want to prepare from them.

Coming to stuffed corn karelas the prepared gourds are deep fried , fry them till they are just cooked. Do not make them crisp.

2 boiled potatoes, mashed
2 corn on the cob, grated.
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 green chilly
1/4 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
Pinch turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves
Heat a tsp of oil
Add onion and sauté till translucent.
Add green chilly and the ginger garlic paste.
Immediately add the grated corn.
Cook till all the moisture has evaporated from the corn.
Add boiled mashed potato.
Add all spices , salt and coriander leaves.
Mix well.

Stuff the fried karelas with this mixture.
Smear a non stick pan with a little oil.
Place these karelas and cook them on slow fire.
Flip them after a few minutes and cook the other side too.
Serve hot with chapatis.

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  1. Stuffed bittergourd looks fabulous, especially that potato stuffing sounds super prefect for me.

  2. Did you deep fry or did you sauté them in some oil? The stuffing sounds good. I bet the corn added a new flavor to the mix.

  3. Even I like biter gourd. I never tried stuffing karela with potato & corn. Nice side dish.

  4. I am not a fan of these gourds but must be a good one for bitter gourd lovers.

  5. My favorite vegetable but never tried stuffed with potato bookmarked...

  6. Okay first I too love karela and this was my choice for the theme. But I did not like the way the karela looked so I will be binning them tomorrow. This filling I love. and wish you will share the karela ji khat soon.

  7. Bharwa karela with potatoes and corn really sounds very interesting , I wud love to finsh them both hot chapathis !!

  8. This could be my husband's fav! Interesting filling, Vaishali.

  9. This vegetable is not liked in my house must try this recipe cause I eat bitter gourd. Looking delicious.

  10. Yummmy stuffed karela..looks delicious!

  11. OMG Vaishali, this has to be the best stuffed karela recipe. Potato & corn stuffing sounds amazing.

  12. I am one of those who don't like this veggie Vaishali..I cook it for my hubby..though I think its high time I start taking an interest for this vegetable..:)..your way of stuffing it sounds very interesting, will try for my folks..

  13. I never liked this vegetable Vaishali. But now you are tempting me to try this!!!Looks lovely

  14. great stuffing, although I dislike the vegetable itself