BHARWAN KARELE / STUFFED BITTER GOURD


INGREDIENTS:
1) 250 gms Karela/Bitter Gourd
2) 3 Potatoes
3) 1 Onion Chopped
4) 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera
5) 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Seeds
6) 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
7) 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera Powder
8) 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly
9) 1/2 Teaspoon Amchoor Powder/Dry Mango
10) A pinch of Asafoetida
11) Salt to Taste
12) Oil to Fry
13) Tread to tie
14) Chaat Masala to Sprinkle
15) Fresh Coriander Leaves for garnish

PREPARATION TIME: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Wash the bitter gourd with hot water and peel it
* Do not throw the peel - Chop it and keep aside
* Keep the peel also in salted water and drain after one hour
* Make a slit and take out all seeds from inside
* Sprinkle salt and turmeric on peeled bitter gourd and mix well
* Keep it for one hour to remove the bitterness
* After one hour wash it thoroughly, to remove excess salt
* Boil the potatoes, peel and mash it
* In a wok, heat up little oil and crackle jeera and coriander seeds
* Add Chopped onions, bitter gourd peel chopped and saute till brown
* Add Turmeric and mashed potatoes, mix well
* Sprinkle red chilly powder, jeera powder, salt and amchoor powder, mix well
* You can add chopped green chillies too at this stage
* Take the bitter gourd and fill the potato mix generously
* Tie the bitter gourd with a tread so that it doesn't open while frying
* Similarly tie all the bitter gourds
* Fry each in oil till brown or till it is soft
* Keep all the fried bitter gourd in a serving dish
* If any potato mix is left then keep that too in the center
* Sprinkle some chaat masala and fresh coriander leaves as garnish
* Serve hot with puris, parathas or naans!!