‘Stuffed Karela’ is a famous north Indian dish, nice to eat. Bitter gourd is stuffed with fried onion and dry masala mix. This is only a shallow fry and non-stick pans need even less oil. You don’t get the bitter taste in this.
- Marinating time: 30 to 45 minutes
- Cooking time: 15 minutes
- Bitter gourd (Karela) – 4 no
- Lemon (squeeze and take juice) – 1 no
- Potato (grated nicely) – 2 no
- Onion chopped – 2 no
- Green chilli chopped – 2 no
- Cooking oil – 2 table spoon
- Salt – as per taste
- Dry masalas
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tea spoon
- Chilli powder – ¾ tea spoon
- Coriander powder – ½ tea spoon
- Roasted cumin powder – ½ tea spoon
- Dry mango powder – ½ tea spoon (used for sour taste; can be replaced by lemon or tamarind)
- Garam masala powder – ½ tea spoon
- Wash and scrap the buds outside the bitter gourd lightly and keep it to to use in stuffing; slit the bitter gourd one side lengthwise with a sharp knife; remove seeds with a spoon’s back; if the seeds are tender, this also can be used in filling.
- Now mix lemon juice with little salt and apply this both outside and inside the bitter gourd; keep it to marinate for at least 30 to 45 minutes.
- Now heat a pan with ½ tea spoon oil; fry chopped onion and green chilli; when onion is transparent, add scrapped bitter gourd outer skin buds and tender seeds; fry for few minutes; add all dry masalas and salt; mix well, add grated potato; cook till all mixed and keep aside.
- Now fill each bitter gourd with the mix; lightly wind 3 to 4 times with a thin cotton white thread so that after cooking you can take out the thread easily.
- Now shallow fry in a pan with remaining oil in low flame; this will be done in 10 minutes; turn each side and cook; insert a tooth pick; if tooth pick goes smoothly it is cooked and if not, cook for few more minutes.
- Serve Stuffed Karela with Rice or Chapatti after removing the thread.
- Bitter Gourd is marinated to remove bitterness and to cook fast.