Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bharela Karela Nu Shak (Stuffed Bitter Melon Curry)

Ingredients (serve 5-6)
Karela (bitter melon) - 5,
Potato - 2.

For stuffing
Gram flour - 1 cup,
Coriander (finely chopped) - 1/4 cup,
Salt - to taste,
Garam masala - 1 tsp,
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp,
Coriander & cumin powder - 1 tsp,
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp,
Sugar - 1/2 tsp,
Oil - 1 tsp,
Cooking soda - pinch,
Water - to form dough,
Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp.

For tempering
Onion - 1 1/4 cup,
Tomato - 2 cup,
Salt - to taste,
Ginger paste - 1 tbsp,
Garlic paste - 1 tbsp,
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp,
Oil - 3-4 tbsp,
Asafoetida - 1/8 tsp,
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp,
Garam masala - 1 tsp,
Red chilli powder - 2 tsp,
Brown sugar - 1/2 tsp,
Water - 2 tbsp,
Coriander & cumin powder - 2 tsp.

Wash and dry karela properly. Trim top and bottom part. Peel them and keep aside with skin.

Cut karela in 2 inch long pieces and give a slit without breaking into pieces. Remove seeds from center and create hollow space inside using spoon.

Now add salt to bitter melon and its skin and let it rest for 10-12 minutes.Wash them properly and let them dry in paper towel.

Meanwhile in a bowl, add all the ingredients listed under for stuffing section above (gram flour, cilantro, garam masala, red chilli powder coriander & cumin powder, turmeric powder, sugar, lemon juice, salt, oil) along with washed karela skin and water.

Form into soft  chapati dough consistency. Let it rest covered for 10 minutes.

Now stuff all karela pieces with prepared stuffing as per below image. Roll out small balls/muthiya from rest of stuffing, if any.

Now deep fry all karela pieces in medium flame until golden brown color and cooks properly. While frying stuffed karela pieces, wash, peel and cut potatoes in long pieces as per image. Fry them too until crispy. Take them out in paper towel along with fried karela pieces.

In a pan, heat 3-4 tbsp oil and add cumin seeds followed by asafoetida.

Once cumin starts browning, add onion ,ginger and garlic paste.

Let it cook until raw flavours of ginger and garlic reduces and onion becomes translucent. Add tomatoes and cook until oil oozing out.

Now add red chilli powder, coriander & cumin powder, turmeric powder garam masala and brown sugar. Mix well.

Add 2-3 tbsp water and mix well. Now add fried karela pieces and potatoes. Mix well.

Cook covered in low flame for 5-10 minutes. Garnish with coriander and serve.

Potatoes are optional.
Adjust amount of spices as per taste.