Sunday, September 2, 2012

Stuffed bitter gourd/Bharvan karela/Bharli Karli

Preparation Time:- 30 minutes + marination time;-15 to 20 minutes
Serves:-2 to 4
Stuffed Bitter Gourd/Bharwan karela/Bharli Karli:- 

This is a sour and sweet taste recipe,with a bit natural bitter taste of bitter melon/karela,i have learnt this recipe from my mom, i love the taste,and also my friends liked this, this recipe is one of the hit dish in my hubby's office lunch time. So here is the recipe for my near and dear ones.
Ingredients For Marination:-
1)Bitter gourd/karela 2 numbers( Big size)
2)Onions 2 numbers(Medium sized)
3) Turmeric 1 teaspoon
4)Salt 1 teaspoon
Ingredients For Stuffing:-
1)Ginger paste/finely grated 1 teaspoon
2)Garlic Paste/finely grated 1 teaspoon
3)Red chili powder 1 teaspoon
4)Everest meat masala 2 teaspoons
5)Everest garam masala 1 teaspoons
6)Tamarind paste/pulp 1/2 tablespoon
7)Sugar 1 and 1/2 teaspoon
8)Cinnamon,about 1 cm flake
9)green cardamom 1 to 2 numbers,
10)black cardamom 1 number (Optional)
11)White poppy seeds 1/2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
12)Oil 2 to 3 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons for cooking karela/bitter gourd.
13)Salt as per taste
1)Wash,cut,remove the white pith and seeds from the bitter gourd/karela
2)Mix salt, turmeric and rub in to the bitter gourd/karela(Refer the pictures in the movie) and
let it marinate for 15 to 20 minutes
3)After 15 to 20 minutes heat 2 tablespoons of oil ,add karelas stir well
and turn them for 2 to 3 minutes,sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water
cover and cook till tender/ready cooked by turning them in every 2 to 3 minutes and adding 1 tablespoon of water every time. And again cover  and cook. Totally 1/2 cup of water is needed to cook the karelas
and it will get cooked in 15 to 20 minutes(cook on medium and low heat according to the cooking progress)
4) Meanwhile the karelas are cooking you can prepare all other things required for this dish like,Dry roast cinnamon,cardamom,cloves and poppy seeds and grind to a fine powder
5)Cut the onions lengthwise,heat 1 teaspoon of oil and dry roast the onions till translucent and brown in colour.(Refer the picture in the movie)
6) Don't forget to have a look on your cooking karela/bitter gourd in between.
Remove the roasted onions in a grinder pot,add meat masala, garam masala  2 tablespoons of water and grind to a fine paste
7)Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a deep pan/kadhai and fry the onion paste for 3 to 5 minutes
8)After 5 minutes add ginger and garlic paste/grated ,mix well and fry till it changes the colour to red and oil starts to separate.
9)When the oil starts to separate add in red chili powder,cinnamon,clove cardamom and poppy seeds powder,mix well
10)And cook for 2 to 3 minutes stirring in between.
11)Add in tamarind pulp ,sugar and salt ,mix well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes
(You can adjust the tamarind and sugar as per your taste. You can use the lemon juice also if you don't have the tamarind but i prefer tamarind taste)
12)Now the stuffing masala is ready (Refer the pictures)
13)Check with the bitter gourd/karela,it must be ready by this time.(Refer the pictures )
14)Stuff the bitter gourd/karela and stir them in the same kadai in which you have prepared the masala and cook for 2 minutes.If you want this as a dry curry then remove it in a serving bowl.
15)If you want it as a gravy add in 1/2 cup of water,mix well gently (so that karelas won't break and the masala stays in) and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
16)Remove it in a serving bowl ,sprinkle some coriander and serve with chapati or rice

Sending this to Jagruti's Event http://www.jagrutidhanecha.com/2012/09/announcing-event-im-well-stuffed.html