Aloo ja Masale wara Karela are stuffed bitter gourds with potatoes , these potatoes are seasoned with pickle spices . These make a wonderful side dish and can be served with any dal or curry .
It is the last week of BM #97 and under Special Theme I shall be posting recipes from the various thalis that I have posted earlier .
For the very first day I have these stuffed bitter gourds which were a part of Sindhi Thali that I posted a while back . Bitter Gourds or Karelas as we call them in Hindi are gourds which are actually bitter but if you marinate them the bitterness kinds of vanishes . Frying also helps in reducing the bitterness . The seeds in these gourds are quite thick and normally removed , but there are some recipes where we use the seeds too and trust me the gourds taste so delicious with them . I will surely post a recipe of the Stuffed Karelas with these seeds .
Today’s Karelas are stuffed with boiled mashed potatoes . I have used pickling spices plus a teaspoon of mango pickle masala to give it that Achaari flavour and trust me if you eat these Karelas with some hot Sindhi Fulko you sure are to love them . I have another Stuffed Karela version which has a stuffing of corn and potatoes and those too taste fantastic .
Aloo je Masale wara Karela
6 bitter gourds
1/2 cup yogurt
1 tbsp wheat flour
Salt to taste
2 large boiled potatoes
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mix of cumin seeds , mustard seeds , fennel seeds and nigella seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chiliy powder
1/4 tsp dry mango powder
1 tsp mango pickle
Chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste
eel the skin of Karelas and make a slit .
Wash and marinate them with salt , yogurt and wheat flour for about an hour .
After one hour wash and squeeze them .
Heat oil and deep fry the whole karelas to a light pink .
Remove after frying and keep aside .
Heat a pan with a tbsp of oil .
Add the seed mix and let splutter .
Add turmeric and immediately add the boiled , mashed potatoes .
Add red chili powder , mango powder , salt, mango pickle and finally coriander leaves .
Mix well and switch off the flame .
Getting the karelas ready
Using a spoon scoop out the seeds from the gourds .
Fill in the prepared stuffing .
Heat a non stick pan , drizzle a little oil and place the stuffed Karelas .
Cook covered on slow flame for about 10 minutes , tossing gently once in a while .
The Karelas should be slightly golden .
Here are some more Karela recipes-