Friday, April 11, 2008

Bitter Gourd Stir Fry-Vegetable of the Week, Series 1

Karela SF1 This is another vegetable I really long to eat. The the beauty of this vegetable is that it is not only healthy but tasty too. Though it can be cooked in in many ways, even a simple stir fry would bring out the flavour and taste of this versatile veggie.

From my childhood I was always attracted to this veggie. The day my grandmothers or my mom had it in the menu it was a treat for me.

I will post another preparation of this Bitter gourd in my next post. And also plan to write more of my experience with this veggie in that post. For now here is a simple Stir fry Karela.. We can use the fresh one or the frozen package. Since fresh bitter gourd is readily available in all the Asian grocery stores I always use the fresh one.


Tender Bitter Gourd - 1 Package or 1 lb (cut into cirlces)
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Chilly Powder : 1 tsp
Amchur Powder : 1/4 tsp (Optional)
Anardhana Powder : 1/4 tsp (Optional)
Chat Masala : 1/4 tsp (Optional)
Soya Sauce : 1 tbsp (Optional - if you want a Chinese version)
1. Heat up a non-stick pan, add oil .
2. Add the washed/cut circles of Bitter gourd after the oil is heated.
3. Add salt and give it a nice mix, to coat all the veggie pieces with Oil and salt.
4.Stir fry for 10-15 minutes. Karela SF3
5. Add the optional ingredients if desired and stir fry for a minute or two.
6. Remove from heat when golden brown and crispy.

This is one of my contributions to the event Vegetable of the Week - Bitter Gourd created and hosted by Creative Pooja.

Enjoy the Stir fry with hot rice and any gravy....

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Happy cook said...

Love the picture and the dish look delicious, but have to say am not a fan of it as my mom used to force us kids to eat them when we were at home.

Dhivya said...

wow!nice way to eat bitte gourd:))looks so yummm

Kalai said...

Awesome use of bittergourd, Rina! :)

Mona said...

Hi Rina! That looks yummy. My family however is not a big Bittergourd fan, so i just fry it as have it as snack. Thnx for sharing the reicpe.
Well, can you mail me? i have to talk to you about something!

KayKat said...

I used to be really leery of bitter gourd, but the influx of recipes courtesy of Pooja is totally making me reconsider it - I just have to cook it this week!

I love the idea of adding chaat masala here, am sure that'll add a great flavour to the gourd along with the amchoor.

Rina said...

Thanks all

ANJALI J. said...

hey Rina, thats good recipe.. u have a nice blog..

Rina said...

Welcome & Thanks for visting Anajali

Pooja said...

that looks inviting :P . thank you reena for both delicious entries :)