Masala Bharwan Karela

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Karela or bitter gourd, although quite bitter when raw, has a wonderful taste once it is cooked properly. It is a low calorie vegetable which has many nutritional benefits. In villages of the punjab people working on the fields need adequate amounts of nutrition. And the karela provides them with protein, calcium, iron and vitamins. Stuffing the karela with a blend of spices makes it very palatable and this recipe i used, with changes here and there, in many regions of india.

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  1. Peel the bitter gourd and keep the peel aside.
  2. Slit each bitter gourd lengthwise, using a sharp knife. Scoop out the insides carefully creating a hollow in the centre. Apply a little salt to the inside and outside of the bitter gourd and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Heat the mustard oil in a non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds and fennel seeds.
  4. When they crackle, add the onion paste and sauté till it turns translucent.
  5. Add the tomatoes, ginger, green chilli paste, turmeric powder, dry mango powder, punjabi garam masala, salt and coriander and mix well.
  6. Sauté till the mixture leaves oil and keep aside to cool.
  7. Drain the water from the bitter gourd and pat dry.
  8. Fill the prepared mixture into the bitter gourd and tie with a thread.
  9. Heat the oil in a kadhai on a medium flame and deep-fry the stuffed bitter gourds till they turn golden brown from all the sides. Serve hot.

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Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 20 May 16 04:07 PM

Hiii mam...I am try this recipy...this is awesome test...thanks for sharing this recipy....mam can u please share....Chinese veg peaking soup recipy....I am very thankful to u if u share
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Saurabhi, We are very happy to know you liked the recipe. We are not sure of the Chinese soup recipe name exactly you are looking for. Please be more clear so we can help you.
20 May 16 05:05 PM
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 14 May 16 06:19 PM

Hoi mam thanks fr sharing this asowme recipe.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Shikha, We are very happy to know you you liked the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how they turned out. Happy Cooking !!
16 May 16 04:22 PM
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 28 Apr 16 12:43 PM

Hii mam , I am 18 yr old today I made the Punjabi kaadi for my mom and dad they surprised ....and it''s to delicious they loved and mam thanks fr sharing this asowme recipe. .......thankuuuuuuu mammmmmmlllll..
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 23 Apr 16 02:03 PM

Dear Tarla Aunty, Since its my favourite cuisine,my mom use to cook it for me v.lavishly.I loved to eat it...but never tried to know its recipe.But finally after a long search i got its perfect recipe through your recipe book.So i am very very Thankful to you.Once again Thank you very much. sonika
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Sonika, We are delighted you have loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback. Happy Cooking.
23 Apr 16 02:38 PM
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 07 Apr 16 11:46 AM

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Tarla Dalal    Hi Avinash , we are delighted you loved the Masala Bharwan Karela recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback. Happy Cooking.
07 Apr 16 01:53 PM
Masala Bharwan Karela
 on 30 Nov 15 07:05 PM

Incredible complexity of flavour in a simple dish. Easy to prepare and a delight to eat.