June 22, 2008

Karele Ki Sabzi (Bittergourd Curry)

Bittergourd is one of those vegetables that I don't exactly love. It does not fall under the same category as tinda, but I'll admit I'm not as find of this vegetable as many people are. A friend of mine made stuffed karela once and I really loved it. Sometime back, when S was traveling to Goa, I bought a couple of bittergourds because I wanted to make stuffed karela. I ended up making this simple side dish that a friend taught me. Her mantra was simple: lots of onions!

2 medium Bittergourds, sliced finely

2 Onions, sliced

¼ tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Chilli Powder

1 tsp Coriander Powder

1 tsp Garam Masala

1 tbsp Oil

¼ tsp Asafoetida

Salt to taste

Heat oil in a kadhai and add the asafoetida and the onions and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and ginger paste. Fry the entire mixture for 2-3 minutes. Add the bittergourd slices and the salt and fry for another 2-3 minutes. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. When done, add the garam masala and cook for a minute before serving.

Simple and satisfying. And it is something I don't mind making even just for myself. Thanks A, your recipe is a keeper.


Asha said...

Arvind likes BG. I make the same way but BG chopped in small bites. Looks yum!:)

Pritya said...

Dear Raaga, I love bittergourds too, and enjoy adding amchur powder and powdered groundnuts.
Another favourite is dal with bittergourds with a dash of coconut milk. I always like to marinate the gourds in salt and turmeric for 15 minutes, then washing them well before cooking. It makes the veggie less bitter.

Sig said...

Ahhh this dish... I too make it with a lot of onions for the bittergourd haters, onions really take some of the bitterness away :)

Deepa said...

Bittergourd has many medicinal priperties according to ayurveda. I find it very interesting. My husband LOVES it. Going to make this soon. --Deepa (p.s: We watched Dasavatharam today. Completely and perfectly BAD movie, I thought. Was expecting a lot more...)

Shilpa said...

I think I am going to try this. I cant say I like karela(except for karela pickle). So I think with so much onion, this one should be good :D.

Deepa said...

These days, I take my veggies and come to your site or Madhuram's, and pick a recipe and go for it. I love your simple formatting. And easy language. --Deepa

Nan said...

today i am trying this receipe. afterwards i will enjoy this dishwith my younger brother.he always says that any dish not good.

Miss Nancy lewis

Nan said...

today i will try this receipe .