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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Stuffed Bittergourd Fry

Bittergourd is a popular vegetable in Indian cooking. Many do not like it, for its bitter taste. But it has its own medicinal properties, good for diabetes and improves digestion. It was proved that 3-4 teaspoons of bittergourd juice in buttermilk, taken in empty-stomach in the mornings for 30 days, will cure Piles.

It is highly rich in vitamin C and also has vitamin A, potassium and calcium. Few laboratory tests have shown that, some compounds of bittergourd are effective in treating HIV infection

Priti's Kalonji tempted me a lot to try this, in my own way!


Bittergourd - 6, medium sized
Onion - 2, finely chopped
Grated raw mango - 1 cup
Garlic paste - 1 tablepoon
Green chillies - 3-4, finely chopped
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Urad dal - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - few, chopped
Corinader leaves - few, chopped
Cumin seed powder - 1 teaspoon
Chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil - 2-3 tablespoons

Wash bittergourd well and cut the ends. Make a slit and remove seeds carefully.

Boil/Soak them for 10 minutes in 1 cup of water, salt and a pinch of turmeric powder. It will remove bitterness. Drain, cool them and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds once it is hot. Wait until it splitters, then add urad dal, curry leaves, green chillies, onions, garlic paste and fry until onions turn golden brown.

Add cumin powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and grated mango and mix well. Add salt and cook for 5 minutes.

Switch off the falme and add coriander leaves and mix well. Stuffing is ready and allow it to cool.

Stuff the bittergourd with this. Use toothpick or clean thin thread to close the gourds. Later, we can remove them.

Add oil to a flat pan and fry these stuffed bittergourds one by one slowly.

Fry on all sides and remove toothpicks / threads before serving.

Delicious bittergourd is ready to serve hot, with rice.

Cooking time : 45 minutes
Serves 2-3 persons


sowmya said...

I made this two days back for chapati..my stuffing was almost the same..grated raw mango sounds good!!!

notyet100 said...

grated mango sounds good,..nice twist to the bharwa masala,..

Sujatha said...

Very nice and unique recipe, Vani! I usually stay away from pavakkai, but the mango filling sounds too good.. will try to make this one..

Cham said...

Yum, the grated mango should cut the bitter taste... Lovely recipe

Priti said...

Stuffed bitter guard looks so nice ...

Veda Murthy said...

Grated mango siounds goood vani....i had posted stuffed bitter gourd last month i guess but ur stuffing is different....will try this next time i get karela

easycrafts said...

Yummm...something delicious with bittergourd !!!

Medhaa said...

You did not peel it, I always peel it, was it bitter. I think I should try with the skin, Love the mango addition.

Shreya said...

I have to try this.. I never knew bitter gourd can be stuffed.. very good stuffing too:-) thanks for the recipe...



Madhavi said...

I don't like this vegetable, but my DH like it. Will try soon for him. Looks good, nice recipe!!!

Illatharasi said...

@ Sowmi, Priyanka, Suja, Cham, Priti, Veda, Medhaa, VegPlat, Shreya & Madhavi - thanks fiends for your nice comments:)

@ Medhaa, peeling not required as we are boiling in water... it removes the bitterness. Of couse. bittergourd is good when it is bitter ;) try this, you will love it!

srikars kitchen said...

new to me dear... bitter gourd suffing.. wow... i will try ...

Vidhya said...

HI Vani, I was looking for this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing and it looks really delicious. BTW now i can view your blog.

Dershana said...

Grated mango as stuffing for bittergourd, great idea! will surely try.

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