Stuffed Karella – Bitter gourd at its glorious best!

I described this recipe as “Karella, at its best” because, nothing of this vegetable is wasted in the cooking process: whole pod of this vegetable, the skin, seeds and the ‘fleshy part’, is being used to make this glorious dish; not only is it delicious, but also is rich in medicinal value.

This particular cooking method stems from Punjabi cuisine tradition, which later on spread its way across India, favoured  by many cultures for its unique taste, enriched with numerous health benefits.

It has been renowned as a super diabetes buster for ages.  New findings through extensive research have proved that the seeds of Karella form a robust fighter against cancer cells, which guaranteed its rank among super vegetables provided by nature.

Although, stuffed karella is normally deep fried in some recipes, I took steps to to keep its rare medicinal value intact: I steam them, with little olive oil sprayed all over.  Hence, I can assure you that according to this recipe karella comes with its best to your plate!

You will need :

 Karella  (opt for around 3 inch long ones)  6
 Onion – big  1
 Ginger and garlic paste  1 tbsp
 Basan ( Gram flour)  3 tbsp
 Red chili powder  1/2 tsp
 Coriander powder, Mango powder  1 tsp each
 Turmeric powder  1/4 tsp
 Hing (Optional)
 Cumin seeds whole  2 tsps
 Lime juice  few drops
 Coriander leaves – Dhaniya
 Salt

Let’s make it :

Scrape it

  • Wash Karella and scrape the skin off.
  • Slit in the middle, take the seeds out from the cavity using a small spoon.
  • Chop the skin and seeds very thinly, sprinkle 1 tbsp of salt and keep aside for 1/2 hr.
  • Rub salt inside the cavities of Karella and keep aside at  the same time.

  • After 1/2 hr, wash both karella cavities,  chopped skin and seeds and squeeze, drain the water away using a sieve.

Stir fry it

  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan.
  • Splutter cumin seeds and hing.
  • Add chopped onion and saute until golden.
  • Add ginger garlic paste. Fry.
  • Add all the spices and fry.
  • Add gram flour and mix all thoroughly.
  • Add salt and check the taste.
  • Toss some chopped coriander leaves.
  • Your filling is ready!

Fill it

  • Fill cavities of each karella with the filling.
  • Spray olive oil around the pan and arrange karella side by side.

Stream it

  • Toss a bit of oil on top.
  • Cover and let the karella cook in the steam under low flame while turning occasionally, not letting them burn.

  • Finally, sprinkle little olive oil on top, toss some coriander leaves and serve warm with rice or rottis.

 

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Bitter gourd stir fry – Diabetes buster at its best!

During my recent visit to Sri Lanka,  I was served this dish by my sister, Lakmali which instantly won my taste buds as well as my heart.

I loved the crunchiness of the Karella slices despite its mild bitterness and the coconut that gave a very pleasant sweetness to compensate the bitter flavour.

The best news is that while making this stir fry, karella is in its natural form and intact with all its medicinal values. Well known as the world’s best antidote for diabetes, bitter gourd,  eaten raw or half cooked like in this dish, flushes out the excess sugar and toxins in the system and purifies it.

This dish could be eaten on its own or as a side dish with steamed rice.

So, let’s make it:

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 Light green, very tender bitter gourd 3
Freshly scraped/grated coconut a handful
Salt to taste
Pepper powder 1 tsp
Onions 1 large
Curry leaves and two pinches of turmeric
Oil 1 tbsp

  How to make :

  • Slice up the bitter gourd very thinly.

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  • Remove all the seeds

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  • Sprinkle a little salt water and keep aside for 5 mins.
  • Mix grated coconut with a bit of turmeric(optional) salt to taste and pepper powder.
  • Squeeze  the bitter gourds to remove excess water and immediately mix with the coconut.

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  • Slice the onion very thinly.
  • Heat oil in a wok and splutter some mustard seeds(optional).
  • Saute onions until slightly golden. Toss a lot of curry leaves.

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  • Add bitter gourds mixed with coconut.
  • Stir fry continuously.  (Do not close the lid or add water at any point)
  • Toss often and stir fry until the bitter gourd pieces no longer taste raw but nice and crunchy as well as taste great.
  • Adjust salt and pepper.
  • Done!!
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