Tawa? What is tawa? Tawa refers to a griddle in India . Normally it is used to cook Flatbreads, but the trend of cooking on a Tawa is getting very popular , specially on the streets or at the wedding functions . For this they use a real big , thick tawa . The ingredients are prepared in advance and the dishes are made in front of the customer .
Mumbai’s Pav Bhaji, Tawa Pulao , Delhi ‘s Aaloo Tikki , Lucknowi Kebabs and many more dishes are made on these tawas . Tawa Sabzi , Tawa Mithai’s are more popular at weddings and functions . Since the cooking is done in front of the customer , one can customize the dish , one can choose the quantity of oil and spices.
I have always enjoyed this cooking , and my children are very fond of the tawa sabzi that I make . For today I have chosen to make Tawa Karela . I adapted the recipe from Nita Mehta’s cookery book . While choosing my recipes for this theme , I didn’t realise theme was for Kids Delight and wondered if I should be posting a Karela recipe which the kids would not enjoy . It might sound strange but the fact is that my eldest granddaughter who is twelve now simply loves these karela’s . She normally eats one extra chapati when these are made . Now let’s hope we have more children who would be in for these karela’s .
I know many of you might run away after reading the word Karela, well these are definitely slightly bitter but if handled with a pinch of sugar , some salt, a few teaspoons of curd and finally a tsp of flour , your Karela will transform from bitter to sweet . This marinade takes away the bitterness .
The karela’s are prepared by marinating , then boiling and finally filling them with a stuffing and the final cooking is done on the tawa .
Let’s check the recipe for these karela’s.
1 tbsp flour
2 tbsp yogurt
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/4 tsp nigella seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp dry mango powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp coriander powder
4-5 tbsp oil
Peel and remove stalks .
Remove any hard seeds and rub salt inside as well as outside .
Sprinkle a tbsp of any flour , 2 tbsp yogurt and a pinch of sugar .
Mix well and keep aside for an hour.
Heat1 tbsp oil on tawa.
Add fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds and fennel seeds .
As soon as fennel changes color add onion and fry till golden .
Add salt , dry mango powder red chilly powder , garam masala and coriander powder.
Cook for a minute , mash slightly and remove from fire .
Making the karelas
Wash the karela’s very well and squeeze out the water .
Boil the karela’s in 4-5 cups water along with 2 tsp salt.
Let boil for 7-8 minutes or till they are soft .
Drain and cool .
Fill 1 tbsp of onion stuffing in each karela .
Heat oil on a tawa and place the karela’s, stirring occasionally till crisp.
Slide the karela’s to the side to drain excess oil .
Serve hot with chapati .
Some more Karela recipes