05/11/2011

Bharwan Karela / Stuffed Karela - Bitter Gourd -- ભરેલા કારેલાનું શાક

ભરેલા કારેલાનું શાક

Most people I know whether adults or kids, hate 'karela'. Well, they are not to blame! One can't help but detest the bitter taste of bittergourd! But there's someone I know of who figured out a way to make karela sabji a lot less bitter and a lot more tastier - none other than my mother in law!

Here's how you can also go about trying this one....


Ingredients:
Karela - 6 to 7 small to medium sized
Potatoes - 2 big
Onions - 2 medium sized
Chana /Gram Flour
Peanuts / Sing Dana - a handfull
Salt - to taste
Red Chilli Powder - to taste
Turmeric Powder - to taste
Dhaniya-Jeera Powder - to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Lemon - half
Oil - 2 tps

Method:
Peel karela and potatoes. Slice the karela into half such that there is enough space to add filling into it. Slice potatoes and onions.
Next in a mixer grinder make a mixture of gram flour, peanuts and all the other spices except oil.
Now add some oil and coriander leaves into this mixture as well as squeeze half a lemon into it and mix it well.


Stuff this mixture into the karela. Place all the stuffed karelas and potato slices in a plate and steam it (preferably a pressure cooker alongside while you are cooking rice)

Last and the final step is quite simple. Heat oil and saute onions. As they turn pink, add the stuffed onions and potatoes into it. Stir lightly to avoid them from breaking. Cook for 5 mins and serve hot with chapati!

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