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Delicious Bittergourd /Karella/Karavila Recipes – A Sure Antidote For Diabetes

Recipe No: 1

Bittergourd/Karella Stirfried with Onions – Delicious side dish

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Despised for its bitter taste,  karela is not favoured by many.  However, it is not a secret that  Karela is relished by those who are aware of its therapeutic value and innumerable health benefits.  This page is especially dedicated to bittergourd recipes due to the amazing medicinal values in it.

Karela has active substances such as Charantin with anti-diabetic properties which act as insulin that help to control blood sugar levels!  Diabetic patients could reap the full benefits of Karela by drinking the juice of it first thing in the morning to flush out toxins and excess blood sugar.  Consuming Karela on a regular basis will help the body to combat against building up excess sugar levels and stay in control with diabetes.

This recipe outshines all my other Karela recipes for its delicious taste and crunchy texture which is incredibly appetising.  Unbelievably, the few lemon juice drops added to the stir fry at the end, enhance the taste in a great deal and make it quite pleasant to the taste buds too.

So, please make this simple recipe and enjoy it at least once in two weeks and keep yourself healthy and revitalized.

Ingredients needed:

Bittergourd 4 medium
Onions2 large
Kashmiri Chilli Powder1 tsp
Turmeric1/2 tsp
Lemon juice a few drops
Saltas required
Olive oil2 tbsps

Let’s make:

Important: Do not wash Karela before cutting

  • Cut dainty, thin rounds with seeds and all (Nothing should be wasted)
  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp of salt and keep aside for 20 – 30 mins
  • After 20 mins, place karela in a colander and wash under a cold tap until salt is removed
  • Squeeze dry and keep aside
  • Add olive oil and heat up a wide pan
  • Add Karella and stir fry for about 3-4 mins or until slightly tender
  • Drop chopped onions and continue stir-frying for a few mins or until Karella gets crispy

*Add turmeric, salt and Kashmiri chili powder

*Cover and lower the flame.  This will allow uncooked bits to cook evenly and all the spices to blend.  Up to 3-4 mins are sufficient

*Open the lid, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice and give a good mix under medium flame

*Done

*Enjoy the delicious, crispy Karela stir fry as a side dish with your main meal

Recipe No: 2 

Stuffed Bittergourd/Karella – Delicious in every bite!

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I described this recipe as “Karella, at its best” because, nothing of this vegetable is wasted in the cooking process: the 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 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 the following ingredients;

Bittergourd (medium) 6
Large onion 1
Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
Chili powder 1/2 tsp
Coriandar powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Mango powder (amchoor) 1tsp
Cumin seeds whole (Jeera) 1 1/2 tsp
Lime juice 1/2 tsp
Salt 1tsp

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 rotis.

Recipe No : 3

Bittergourd/Karella Curry – Juicy and flavourful curry inspired by Panjabi cuisine

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This juicy Karella/Bittergourd curry, inspired by Panjabi cuisine is a delicious blend of the bitterness of Karelas and the natural sweetness of onions and tomatoes.  You will be surprised to learn that, to produce such a delicacy you will need only 3 main ingredients;

  • Karella
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes

And only 3 main spices :

  • Chilli powder
  • Turmeric
  • Salt

Bitter Gourd is known as a  sure diabetes buster according to ayurvedic medicine.  This vegetable can be turned into a variety of dishes, depending on the type of cuisine you would like to follow.  However, If you get the ingredients and their proportions right this is simply the best Karella dish you can produce.

So, let’s make it;

What you will need;

Bitter Gourd/Karella/Karavila4 medium
Onions(Indian Onion)3 large or 4 medium
Chili powder1/2 tbsp
Riped and Juicy Tomatoes3 large or 4 medium
Turmeric1 tsp
Salt1 tsp
Olive oil3 tbsp

Let’s make it:

  • Cut the Bitter gourds in thin rounds. Do not wash before cutting.
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Sprinkle Salt liberally, about 2 tbsp and leave for up to 4 hrs.  This will take out some of the bitterness of Karella and make them soft enough to cook.   If you are serving this dish to a diabetic patient, leave only for 2 hrs in salt or not salt at all, so that most of the bitterness which is the antidote for diabetes,  is intact.

  • Wash Karella in a colander under a cold water tap.
  • Squeeze out water.
  • Heat up  Olive oil in a wide pan.
  • Add the round Karella pieces and fry them until they turn Brown/Golden while turning constantly. (Pls. see the pic for the colour)
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  • Meanwhile cut tomatoes in small chunks and onions thinly. (Adding more onions and tomatoes make this dish juicier and larger in quantity.
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  • Once the Karella pieces turned into brown/golden colour, add tomatoes, onions, chili powder, turmeric and 1 & 1/2 tsp of salt, all at the same time.
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Now mix everything together and cook under medium fire, uncovered.  Remember to stir every now and again allowing it not to touch the bottom of the pan.  Do not lower the flame to a minimum or cover the pan as the curry will become too watery.

  • The Karella will take about 1/2 hr to cook properly
  • Taste and add more salt if required
  • Slit three green bullet chilies in the middle and drop
  • Cover and lower the flame to the minimum and cook for about 5 min.  This will allow the juices to run
  • Let the curry rest for a while before serving (make it the day before for a juicier version)
  • Serve with hot white rice or chapatis

Recipe No: 4

Bittergourd/Karella Stir-Fried With Fresh Coconuts

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I love the crunchiness of the Karella slices in this dish despite its mild bitterness and the fresh coconut in it contributes to a very pleasant sweetness.

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:

Ingredients you will need;

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 Light green, very tender bitter gourd3
Freshly scraped/grated coconuta handful
Salt to taste 
Pepper powder1 tsp
Onions1 large
Curry leaves and two pinches of turmeric 
Oil1 tbsp

 Let’s 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!!

Recipe 5

Bittergourd/Karella Salad

This beautiful salad, cleverly balanced its bitter and sweetness is highly appetising, one can finish the whole dish on its own!

However, it is usually eaten as a side dish when serving steaming hot rice in tropical Sri Lanka. While deep frying, one can argue that its natural goodness is lost, but, we must not forget that all nutrition values are not lost. For a change, this is the best way to serve Karella for someone who is put off by its bitterness.

Ingredients needed:

Karella3
Red onions1
Green chili1
Lemon juice and salt to taste
Tomatoes1
Pepper powder

Let’s make it:

  • Cut Karella into thin rounds
  • Dry fry until the wetness dries off
  • Deep-fry under medium flame until crispy
  • Take out from the frying pan and drop on to a kitchen paper and let the excess oil drain out
  • Thinly slice onions, tomatoes and green chilies
  • Add lemon, salt and pepper powder. Give a good mix
  • Now add the fried Karella and fold all together
  • Serve fresh

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Beetroot Rice – A Colourful And Healthy Rice Dish For Kids

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Serve this pretty dome of Beetroot rice with full of flavours to any kid with fussy eating habits and witness how delightfully he will polish the plate off in minutes!  Make a cheerful food art blending several other colours and kids will go crazy!

This is definitely a very clever way to include beetroot into your kid’s diet.  The vibrant glossy red colour, the natural sweetness of the beetroot and the most uncomplicated way of making it preserves all the goodness, flavours and colour in the dish.

What is special in this recipe is that it tastes simply the best on its own without any accompaniment.  However, I add a sliced boiled egg and scatter some poppadums when I serve it for older kids.  For little ones, just serve as uncomplicated as it is!

 




Gather the following ingredients:

Cooked Rice1
Beetroot1 large or 2
Onion1
Garlic3 cloves
Olive oil or any kind of oil1 tbsp
Butter1/2 tbsp
Curry Leaves (optional) 
Salt and Pepper powder 

Let’s make :




  • Grate the beetroot finely (Use a fork to hold the pieces to make it easier)



  • Heat oil in a wide wok
  • Saute’ chopped onion
  • Add chopped garlic and stir fry a little
  • Break the curry leaves into small pieces and drop
  • Add all the grated beetroot and stir fry a minute
  • Add salt and pepper powder
  • Drop a dollop of butter for a buttery taste (You can omit this for a more healthier version)
  • Add rice little by a little while mixing rapidly
  • Give a good mix and adjust the taste
  • Serve in a bowl or as a dome on a pretty plate
  • Yum!
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Vegetable Roti – Delicious vegetarian street food in Sri Lanka

Make these delicious vegetable rotis for your loved ones today!  They will love the flavourful vegetable filling with a bite of  chunks of potatoes in-between and the golden wrap of the roti.

White cabbage in the vegetable filling contributes a lot to make it delicious and flavourful, so find a small, tender white cabbage and shred it as thin as possible for this recipe.

So, let’s make it,




1st Step : Make the dough for rotis

You will need :

 All purpose flour  3 cups
 Salt  1 tsp
 Olive oil (Any cooking oil would do)  1 tbsp
 Sugar  1/2 tsp
Baking powder  1/2 tsp

Knead it :




  • Rub flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and oil together
  • Add lukewarm water little by little and knead for about 5 – 8 mins until the dough doesnt stick on to your fingers
  • Divide into equal sized balls giving an extra kneed to each ball
  • Rub oil on each ball.  Place on a tray a little apart from each other
  • Cover with a wet tea towel or a cling film and let them rest at least an hour

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2nd Step : In the meantime, make the vegetable filling.

You will need :

Salt  1/2 tsp
Ground black pepper and chili powder  1/2 tsp each
Garlic chopped  3 cloves
Green chili slit  1
Onion chopped 1 large
Boiled potatoes 1/2 cup
Carrots – cut into thin strips  1 cup
Spring onions chopped or leek cut thinly 1/4 cup
White Cabbage – shreded thinly  1 cup
Turmeric powder/Mild curry powder 1/2 tsp each
Oil 1 tbsp

Stir fry it :




  • In a large wok, add 2 tbsp of oil and heat up
  • Add garlic and brown the chopped onion
  • Add carrots stripes, shreded cabbage and start stir frying until they wilt slightly.

  • Add the slit green chili and leek and continue stir frying for a min or two.  Do not over cook the veggies
  • Toss salt, turmeric powder and curry powder
  • Now add mashed boiled potatoes, leaving a few small chunks
  • Add a generous amount of ground black pepper.  Check the taste.
  • Give a good mix, cover and keep aside

3rd Step : Fill and bake the rotis

 

  • Heat up a non-stick flat pan and spray oil all over
  • Rub oil on your kitchen top and hands
  • Take a dough ball, flatten it by pressing down lightly and then drag from sides being careful not to tear it.
  • Place a heap of the veggie mix in the middle
  • Fold from sides, covering the veggie mix to shape it up as a rectangle
  • Place gently on the pan
  • Repeat the same steps with other dough balls
  • Arrange them around the pan and baking them, filliping over every now and again until the outer cover turns golden
  • Bake all the sides by tilting them up

  • Leave to cool
  • Serve warm with sliced raw onions or ketchup
  • Delicious!

Upma – A silky soft veggie semolina / Rulang Upma

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Upma is a very healthy breakfast choice in South India given it’s main ingredient; very light tiny beady, Semolina or Sooji in Hindi.   To get the soft and silky texure,  stick to  the following propotions : 2 cups of water to 1 cup of Semolina.  A little more water could turn it into a lumpy mess.

This could be made plain, omitting the vegetables, but by adding any veggies of your choice could make it much more healthier.  Also, kids will love the assorted colours that will look so tempting!




What you need:

Semolina / Rulang / Sooji 1 cup
Hot water 2 cups
Yellow split lentils – chana dhal 1 tbsp
1 Carrot – cut into tiny cubes
4 Green beans – cut into tiny pieces
Curry leaves
Green chili – split in the middle 1
Mustard seeds  1/4 tsp
Onion – chopped 1
 Olive oil  1 tbsp

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Let’s make :

  • First dry roast semolina for a min or two being careful not to change its colour and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan and crackle mustard seeds.
  • Throw a handful of crushed curry leaves and chana dhal.  Slightly brown.
  • Add the chopped onion and saute until golden and add the green chili.

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    • Now, add the chopped carrots and beans.  Stir fry a bit.
    • Pour 2 cups of hot water and add salt to taste and let it boil away.
    • ,Then, slowly add half of  roasted semolina while stiring rapidly, otherwise, it will give lumps.
  • Add the other half while stiring.

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    • Mix all together, check for salt,  close the lid and let it cook under very low fire for exactly 3 mins.
    • Open the lid, let the steam escape, squeeze 1/4 of a lemon give a good mix.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Tips:




    • To make it look more attractive, you can fill into a  glass bowl, press down and turn upside down on a plate, then remove the bowl slowly, leaving a dome in the middle. Yapeee!
  • You can add a pinch of saffron to make it look subtly golden colour while cooking.

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Streamed Vegetables – A perfect healthy dinner for everyone

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An assortment of vegetables in vibrant colours , stir fried mushrooms and a couple of fried fish fillets to go with them, has the culinary potential to be a favourite choice for a complete and healthy  dinner.

Rather than boiling veggies, they are steamed here to keep their natural goodness intact.  Also, mushrooms are stir-fried lightly in soy sauce so that they enhance the taste of this platter.

I have introduced garlic into this, because of its invaluable health benefits as a cholesterol buster and a purifier of the whole system of internal organs.




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Now prepare the veggies:

    • Take any choice of veggies, wash and cut them into any shape you prefer. Just peel the garlic cloves. (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Green beans, Carrots, Peas, Okra, Cabbage or any other of your favourite vegetable will go just right with this platter)
    • Place all the veggies and garlic cloves in the steamer and steam until the veggies are soft but their colour should be intact.  If you steam a longer time, their natural colours turn dull
    • Heat a wide wok and drop a teaspoon of butter and let it melt
    • Toss the veggies in butter, season them with salt and pepper
  • Your vegetables are ready!!

Prepare the mushrooms :

  • Slice up the mushrooms into chunks
  • Heat up a little bit of olive oil in a wok
  • Toss the mushrooms until they are soft
  • Sprinkle some soy sauce and stir fry a little. (do not overcook)
  • Sprinkle two pinches of sugar and toss a little longer
  • Mushrooms are done!

Serve :

  • Now arrange all veggies and mushrooms in a wide plate attractively.
  • Bon appetite !!



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Thosa With Creamy Tomato Curry And Green Sambol

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Thosa is a big peg of  South-Indian cuisine jigsaw and has been quite popular in the Indian sub-continent and beyond.

They are made from a combination of Urind flour and Rice flour with an unquestionable potential for a healthy meal. Green chili coconut chutney and tomato gravy is the best accompaniments in order to make the meal an unforgettable culinary feast.

Ingredients needed;

Urind whole1/2 cup
Basmati rice2 cups
Fenugreek sees1/2 tsp
Onions1 medium
Curry leaves, a few red chili whole, garlic chopped
Saltto taste
Bicarbonate of soda3 pinches

 Let’s make:

Soak Urind and Rice

  • Wash and place both Urind,  Bastmati rice and fenugreek seeds in a wide bowl and fill it with water at least two level above the grains.
  • Leave it overnight – uncovered.  If you cover, it becomes slimy.

Grind to a paste

  • Next day morning, drain the water and grind the grains into a smooth paste using a glass or two lukewarm water.

Ferment

  • Place it in a wide bowl, cover with a tea towel and then a heavy lid on top.
  • Let it ferment near your stove, where enough heat generates during cooking.

Season

  • Around 5 p.m. open the lid and mix more warm water, a tsp or two salt and 2 pinches of bicarb.
  • Close the lid again.  Let it rest.

Let’s make thosa

  • At dinner time around 7 your batter is ready to make thosa.
  • Now, make the tempering that will enhance the taste and aroma

Cut the onion into small pieces, crush curry leaves, break red chili whole into small pieces and shake off the seeds, cut a garlic clove into small pieces, keep ready 1/4 tsp of mustard seeds ready.

Heat up 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan and toss mustard seeds first.  Let it crackle and toss the rest .  Let all fry and turn into brown colour.  Be careful not to burn them.  Now pour everything on to the batter and give a good stir.

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  • Heat up a flat non-stick pan and spray oil on to it
  • Take a ladle full and slowly drop it on the pan and quickly spread it around the pan with  the back of the spoon being careful not to let the spoon touch the bottom of the pan
  • Bake both sides until golden
  • Place all cooked ones on a foil sheet

Make the accompaniments

Tomato curry 

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How to make;

  • Chop two large juicy tomatoes and a large onion
  • Heat up oil in a pan, crackle some mustard seeds
  • Add curry leaves and the chopped onion. Brown them
  • Add salt, chili powder, a little curry powder, turmeric and continue stir frying
  • Add chopped tomatoes and a slit green chili, stir fry until all comes together as thick
  • Pour water, about 1 and a 1/2 cup.  Mix all, cover and cook under medium flame
  • After 3-4 mins cooking , open the lid and mix 2 tbsp of Maggi coconut milk powder or fresh coconut milk-thick version.  Stir, cover and lower the flame
  • Cook under low flame about 3 mins until the gravy becomes thick and aromatic
  • Spread some crushed curry leaves on top
  • Sprinkle two pinches of brown sugar.  Adding sugar will beautifully balance the flavours in this gravy
  • Done!!

Green Sambol

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How to make;

  • Place two chopped green chilies, Some crushed curry leaves, a handful of fresh coconut, chopped half an onion, salt and crush all together using a hand blender
  • Mix freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Adjust the taste
  • Ready!

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Sri Lankan Coconut Roti – Pol Roti

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These creamy coconut rotis are everybody’s favourite in Sri Lanka as well as tourists who visit  to enjoy the picturesque scenaries in the country.

Some love a plain creamy version of rotis by just mixing flour and scraped coconut together with salt, but I made it much more flavourful  by tossing onions and curry leaves into the dough as it gives a mouthwatering aroma while baking on the hot iron pan.

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They go deliciously well with a mutton, fish or chicken curry,  simple lunu miris – a tongue burning mixture of chili and red onion chopped together and mixed with a dash of lemon juice.  I serve these rotis cut into stripes to my little son  with just a knob of butter which tastes creamy and buttery in every mouthful.

It’s not so difficult to find fresh coconut even in the West these days,  as the Asian supermarkets store fresh frozen grated-coconut.  You just have to defrost the pack in the microwave for 5-10 mins to turn it into a heap of fresh aromatic coconut which could be used for any of your culinary needs.  Desiccated coconut also could be used if softened by adding some hot water.

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Do not forget to sip a plain tea made with sugar and crushed ginger to finish off to give the fullest satisfaction of this meal.

You need the following few items to make these:

Fresh coconut 1 cup
Plain flour 2 cups
Onion 1 chopped into very small pieces
Green chili 1 chopped
Curry leaves A handful cut into thin pieces
Salt 1tsp or to taste
Red chili powder 1/4 tsp
Butter / coconut oil 1 tbsp
Lukewarm water to kneed the dough 1 cup or a little more

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Let’s make it:

  • Mix well chopped onion, green chili , red chili powder, curry leaves, salt and butter/oil with scraped coconut using your fingers.

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  • Now add flour into it and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour lukewarm water gradually while kneading until everything comes together and not sticking onto  your fingers.  Check the taste and adjust salt at this point.
  • Let it rest for 20 mins so that all flavours binds together.



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  • From the dough, make equal size balls and place them on a foil sheet.

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  • On a another foil sheet flatten one ball and cut into disc shape using a round lid or a cookie cutter.

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  • Heat up a flat pan, tawa or a non-stick flat pan. Brush little oil.
  •  Place on the hot pan taking care not to damage the shape.  The easiest way is to bring the foil itself near the pan and slowly lower the disc shaped roti onto the pan.
  • Bake both sides until it turns golden colour.  If you pan has space you can place two or three rotis at the same time. Press gently and if a whoosh sound emits then it has to bake further few mins as the water has not evaporated fully.

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  • Once out of the pan, let them release steam by placing  on a wire rack.
  • Serve hot with a spicy chicken or mutton curry or just with a blob of butter.
  • yummy !!



Paneer Paratha – Creamy and healthy paratha to feed all your family members

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This delicious paratha recipe that I share with you,  was passed on to me by my beloved friend, Aliya, from Hyderabad, India. The creamy paneer and the sweetness of carrots blend so well and the combination turns these parathas a real winner out of all other paratha varieties.

You can be quite generous with grated carrots but do not add green chilies if you are serving these for kids.  Let them enjoy the creaminess of parathas without having to burn their little tongues.

Let’s start making:

  • Grate 1/2 of the paneer and 2 or 3 big carrots.

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  •  Add the following to the carrots and paneer and mix thoroughly.
Chaart masala 1 tsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Garam masala 1/4 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Cummin powder 1/4 tsp
Green chilies (optional) 1 thinly sliced
 Pepper powder  1/4 tsp
  • Make balls and keep aside.

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  •  Now it’ s time to make the chapathi dough.  In 2 cups of Atta flour  add a little salt and olive oil.  Mix well.  Add lukewarm water gradually and kneed it until it won’t stick to your fingers .     download (4)        IMG_2955
  • Take a little from the atta flour and roll it  into a ball.  Dust the kitchen top with flour and roll it to a flat round shaped disk with a rolling pin.

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  • Place a ball of panner  in the middle .

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  • Fold , roll in to a ball again, flatten on your palm and roll on the kitchen top into a round shaped roti with the help of a rolling pin. You must dust the kitchen top liberally with flour to make it easier.
  • Bake both sides on a hot, flat frying pan or thawa.

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  •   Place on a foil and let the steam escape.
  • Serve with pickles and raita. Roll up when serving kids. My favourite is Mitchel’s lime pickle which is delicious with its subtle sourness to enhance the taste of any kind of paratha.

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 Delicious Raita, the unquestionable accompaniment for parathas.

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Make this easy raita : 

Serve Parathas with this Raita and kids will love it.

  • Take two dollops of full fat plain yogurt, mix a tablespoon or two water and whisk until smooth and creamy.
  • Cut red onions, a juicy tomato (deseeded) into small chunky pieces.
  • Cut cucumber into tiny pieces.
  • Mix them in yogurt.
  • Add some salt and pepper powder.
  • Now, heat up a pan and sprinkle some cumin seeds. Dry roast them until golden. Take out of the pan and crush them, using a pestle and mortar or  a spice grinder.
  • Sprinkle the crushed cumin seeds.
  • Mix all well and adjust the taste.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Yummy !!

Karela curry

Delicious Karella curry – Inspired by Punjabi cuisine (Bitter Gourd/Karavila/Karelia) step by step recipe

karella curry

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This juicy karella curry, inspired by Panjabi cuisine is a delicious blend of bitterness of Karellas and the natural sweetness of onions and tomatoes.  You will be surprised to learn that, to produce such a delicacy you will need only 3 main ingredients:

  • Tomatoes
  • Karella
  • Onions

And only 3 main sprices :

  • Chilli powder
  • Turmeric
  • Salt

Bitter Gourd, also known as karella or karawila is a sure diabetes buster according to ayurvedic medicine.  This vegetable can be turned into a variety of dishes, depending on the type of cuisine you would like to follow.  However, If you get the ingredients and their proportions right this is simply the best karella dish you can prouduce.

I am grateful to Munaza, my Pakistani friend and her mom, for her dedicated culinary guidance in making this dish.

So, let’s make it;

What you need:

Bitter Gourd/Karella/Karavila 4 medium
Onions(Indian Onion) 3 large or 4 medium
Chili powder 1/2 tbsp
Riped and Juicy Tomatoes 3 large or 4 medium
Turmeric 1 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
Olive oil 3 tbsp

Let’s make it:

  • Cut the Bitter gourds in thin rounds. Do not wash before cutting.

karavila-300x203 Sprinkle Salt liberally, about 2 tbsp and leave for up to 4 hrs.  This will take out some of the  bitterness of Karella and make them soft enough to cook.   If you are serving this dish to a diabetic patient, leave only for 2 hrs in salt or not salt at all, so that most of the bitterness which is the antidote for diabetes,  is intact. karavila-3-300x263

  • Wash Karella in a colander under a cold water tap.
  • Squeeze out water.
  • Heat up  Olive oil in a wide pan.
  • Add the round Karella pieces and fry them until they turn Brown/Golden, while turning constantly. (Pls. see the pic for the colour)

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  • Meanwhile cut tomatoes in small chunks and onions thinly. (Adding more onions and tomatoes make this dish more juicier and larger in quantity.

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  • Once the Karella pieces turned into brown/golden colour, add tomatoes, onions, chili powder, turmeric and 1 & 1/2 tsp of salt, all at the same time.

tom-300x224 Now mix everything together and cook under medium fire, uncovered.  Remember to stir every now and again allowing it not to touch the bottom of the pan.  Do not lower the flame to minimum or cover the pan as the curry will become too watery.

  • The Karella will take about 1/2 hr to cook properly
  • Taste and add more salt if required
  • Slit three green bullet chilies in the middle and drop
  • Cover and lower the flame to the minimum and cook for about 5 min.  This will allow the juices to run
  • Let the curry rest for a while before serving (make it the day before for a juicier version)
  • Serve with hot white rice or chapatis

More recipes inspired by Karella

Stuffed Karella 

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/stuffed-karella-bitter-gourd-karavila-karella-at-its-glorious-best/

karella stuffed

Karella stir fry with coconut

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/bitter-gourd-stir-fry-karavila-karella/

karella stir fry

 

 

grilled cherry tomatoes

Grilled Cherry tomatoes

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 These beautiful, grilled, cherry tomatoes look and taste great as a side dish when you are serving baked / grilled fish or meat.  Also, without a doubt,  the burnt taste blended with light sourness and sweetness of the cherry tomatoes will enhance the taste of your main dish. In Persian cuisine, more often than not, grilled tomatoes can be seen as a culinary delight: one reason is that Iranians love the colour, red; on the other hand, Iranians are fully aware of the obvious health benefits given by the tomatoes.

The grilling process is as follows:

  • Get the cheery tomatoes with the stem intact.  Prick each one lightly with a toothpick
  • Place on a baking tray lined up with a foil
  • Sprinkle salt and olive oil
  • Grill under 200 C oven
  • Serve warm with their juices braised on tomatoes
Greek Salad and Greek Pasta Salad – Inspired by healthy Mediterranean cuisine
Exotic Tomato pickle – inspired by Nepalese cuisine

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