Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Bitter gourd stir fry – masala version.


Disclaimer: This is the outcome of an experiment by your’s truly. Who ever try to do this, do this @ your own risk. I am not liable for any outcome. :-D

Was l’ll bit bored yesterday so thought about cooking something, and since I had only bitter gourd in my vegetable tray, the choice was easy. I server it with rotis, and it tasted good. (taste certified my one of my poor friend who happened to drop in and became my guinea pig)

Bitter Gourd - 6 nos (small. Dark Green if you want bitter taste, otherwise white green colored)
Onion - 2 nos (medium size)

Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
Chilli powder - to taste
Salt - to taste

Garlic - 5-6 cloves
Ginger - 1 small piece

Oil - 2 teaspoon
Vinegar - 1 table spoon ( I prefer organic than synthetic)
Ghee - half table spoon
Pepper powder - half table spoon (optional)

Water - half a cup

To make masala:
Coriander seeds - 1 pinch
Cardamom - 1
Cloves - 1-2
Cinnamon - small piece
Curry leaves - 3-4
Cumin seeds - 1 pinch

First take all the ingredients to make the masala and mix it in mixer to make a fine powder. Keep it aside.

Mix ginger pieces and garlic cloves and make a paste

Wash the bitter gourds and slice it at length. Remove the spongy stuff from inside and chop it to make fine pieces of 2 mm thickness.
Chop the onion to make fine pieces. Heat oil in a deep pan and sauté the onion till it is golden brown. Add bitter gourd pieces when the onion is golden brown and sauté the bitter gourd pieces in low flame till it is half done. Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, Chilli powder, salt and vinegar one by one. Keep stirring so that the bitter gourd doesn’t stick to the pan. When the bitter gourd is almost done, add just enough water to immerse the bitter gourd, and add the masala powder. Stir till water is evaporated. Add ghee just before all the water is evaporated. Sprinkle the pepper powder just before the bitter gourd is taken from the stove and server hot along with rice or rotis.

(image courtesy : http://static.flickr.com/64/192696198_43a88a5510.jpg)

22 comments:

Anjuli said...

arrey wah! kya baat hai..hamein kab bula rahe ho khane par?

PREETI said...

as coconut chutney mentioned in ur previous post comment, ace photographer, song writer and now CHEF! u really r multi,multi talented... :)

will try tis out when i do gt the time...and inclination to enter the kitchen ;)

Kuttibalu said...

Cool man.. would give a try...

//Remove the spongy stuff from inside and chop it to make fine pieces of 2 mm thickness// - sounds pro dude... :)

vEENs said...

Karella and tasty.. u gotto be kidding me dear :D

PREETI said...

btw...blogrolled u :) hope its ok!

Joy said...

A guy cooking that too karela? Cool. Kya baat hai? I don't think I have ever drooled over a karela!!!

--xh-- said...

@anjuli: drop in any day :-)
@preeti: ha ha ha... but u forgot the main one - bike mechanic :-) u r in my GR for a long time.... i dont use the blog rol thing, i prefer GR.
thnx for rolling me...
@kb: nic to see ur comments, machi. back to frequent blogging?
@veenz: well, u never know :P
@joy: i love kaela..that too, especially the dark green ones... :)

Love said...

an addition... dip the karela in salt water after chopping for a while, it will take away most of the excess bitterness (tried and tested)

c e e d y said...

cool - try to add a little jaggery or sugar - on part of it - know many ppl dont like it - but like sweet and sour - there is a different flavor to bitter sweet vegetable :) (since its an experiment)

Ps said...

wow--a recipe--that too for a veggie that i like.Somehow i love the bitter taste of bitter gourd--I just cook it with a lill salt and chilli powder--then keep it on low flame till its crisp.Yummy!!

aneri_masi said...

i will not eat karela
i will not eat karela
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PREETI said...
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PREETI said...

hehe...bike mechanic! hw cud i forgettt!!! :)

newayz, neither do i use the blog rollin thingie...but the term hs stuck now...like googling :) so i use it ;)

n i dont find myself on ur list thr :(

--xh-- said...

@LJ: are bhai, if u remove the bitterness, what is the point in having karela?
@ceedy: have tried the jaggery once, but didnt work out well :-)
@ps: tahzt the way i cook karela most often. so this time tried a l'll experiment...
@aner: you are missing sumtin really tastey :P
@preeti: i use GR (google reader) da. u r ther efor long time. now added u in my side bar too :-)

PREETI said...

thnx thnx THNX! :)

aneri_masi said...

i will not eat karela
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karela!

Lena said...
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gunj said...

im neva gonna try this 1 but i like d label thr....chefxh :P

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

Well well you seem to be a mulifaceted person ,each time I drop by here I find something new which I never imagined would feature in ur blog space..

Interesting! Im not a great fan of bitter gourd, but your recipe sounds yummy, will ask my grandmom to cook for me sometime soon :)

Meenu said...

Hai !
Cool aar am sure ur future bride ll b too haopppy to know you managhe cooking :)
good .. hows u me have been keeping busy so not yet in to blog its been a month !
:) take care
i guess i will use this recipie .. what say ?;)

--xh-- said...

@preeti: :)
@aner: :PPP
@gunj: he he
@shalini: :) tell me how it tasted...
@meenu: any time.. do use ad let me know.. cooking is one of my hobbies and yeah, my wifi will HAVE to share the ktchen with me :-Dtake care and b bk as soon as u cn... waiting 4 more of ur blogs...

Juby George said...

bitter gourd is not at at at allll near my favorites...
athukondu engottu nokkunne ella...