October 2, 2006

Karela Fry - Bitter Gourd

Bitter.... Hmm. Some wonder how can a vegetable that is bitter be so delicious to eat.
Yep. It is yum...



Bittergourd is commonly know as karela in India or kakar kayya in Telugu. It just reminds me of my childhood. My mom used to force me to eat it and I secretly use to trash it. I did not realize the importance of this bitter vegetable and relish it during my childhood. Now it is one of my favorite recipes and a favorite curry at my home.

Bitter gourd is good for diabetic people. Bitter gourd has 'plantinsulin' a natural hypoglycaemic or insulin, that is simple to human insulin, which has been found valuable in lowering the blood and urine sugar levels.



Now here is a simple and easy recipe that I created it on my own. Take about 5 to 6 bitter gourd. Peel the skin of the karela. Slit the ends little one side in one directions and opposite side the other direction. Wash it and drain the water. Take some water, add some butter milk or yougurt and salt. Boil the karels in this water till it is cooked. Drain the water and remove eacess water by slightly pressing it. keep it asside. In a bowl add about 1 Tbs of ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder and salt, 1 tsp of amchur powder and garam masala powder. Adjust the chillis pwd, salt, garam masala and amchur pwd according to your taste. Mix it well and add the karelas to this and rub the seasoning onto and into the karelas. Now you have a option to bake it of fry it in oil. For baking just spray some oil and bake it at 350 for 15 mins or till it cooked, golden brown and cripy. Now to fry it. Add some oil in a wide pan till it forms a crust and is golden brown.
Serve it with rice and dal.

2 comments:

Asha said...

Looks delicious! I make it south Indian style although I don't eat much of Karela.My hubby loves it.Thanks for this too:)

phanitha said...

I will try this it looks great...I am not a big fan of karela... my husband loves it though...