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Karela stuffed| Ambi karela | Stuffed Bitter guard

Summers are back and all those vegetables available in summers are a big No No in my house, everyone  just refuse to eat these vegetables and for me it's really mind boggling to make them eat these vegetables. And like all smart moms I find out ways to make them eat by making it little more interesting..
First in series is bitter gourd or karela ....
Bitter gourd has many health benefits. It has many vital vitamins, minerals and also has blood purifying properties. So why not include this wonder vegetable in our diet once in a week. This is one of my favorite stuffed vege. My kids who do not like bitter gourd, love this stuffed bitter gourd. If you prepare it the way I have mentioned below, this curry will not taste very bitter. It is a great side dish for chapati/roti and rice.


Stuffed karela


Bitter gourd (karela) 600 grams
Onions chopped3/4 cup
Ginger-garlic paste 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Green mango grated 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Onion sliced 1 cup
Oil 2 tablespoons

Step 1
Scrape the bitter gourd/karelas. Keep the scrapings if you want. Slit the karelas. Remove the seeds and discard them.  Boil in a pan with 1 tsp salt and 2 cups water. Wash them thoroughly.

Step 2
If you are using scrapings then add salt to the scrapings and leave it for 1/2 hour. Wash in running water to remove excess salt and bitter taste. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add ginger garlic paste, green mango and the scrapings. Cook for 4 minutes.

Step 3
Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt . Cook for another 10 minutes. Stuff the karelas with this stuffing and shallow fry (covered)  in medium hot oil until golden brown.

Serve hot with roti or paranthas 

Note :

# Use scrapings if you love bitterness of bitter guard, you can omit if you want your karelas less bitter.

# To hold stuffing you can tie karelas with thread while shallow frying like shown in picture below.

# do not over fry karelas

# Shelf life of stuffed karelas are good ,You can carry these karelas along in long journey/ while you are traveling they easly stay two three days without refrigerator.


Anonymous said…
Stuffing with ambi was something very new to me. Tried it . it was really tasty... A must try for everyone who runs from karela. :D
Thank you
minal sharma said…
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minal sharma said…
Thanks a lot... For your nice comment.. Do drop your name next time u visit spiceworld

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