Bharwan karela (pan roasted stuffed bitter gourd / melon) in Andhra style
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  • 15 mins Cook time
  • 40 mins Total time
  • 55 mins Pan roasted stuffed bitter melons
  • 6 Ingredients Bitter gourd
  • 6-8 small or baby size Oil for frying (use peanut oil for extra flavour) Red chilli and few cloves of garlic to flavour the oil Salt and lemon juice to soak the bitter gourds Stuffing Onion (sambhar or pearl onion) : finely chopped (2-3 tbsp) Garlic minced : 1 tbsp Green chillies (finely chopped) : 1 tbsp Roasted peanuts :
  • 4 tbsp Chana dal (bengal gram) : 1 tbsp (roasted) Sesame seeds : ½ tsp Cumin and coriander seeds : 1 tsp each Red chillies : 2 dry Salt to taste Tamarind water : 1 tbsp Instructions Wash and clean the bitter gourds. Cut them into halves. Scoop out the seeds with the help of a spoon. With a sharp knife or peeler scrape out its rough ridges and smoothed out the skin. Soak the bitter gourds in warm water with salt and lemon juice for 2 hours Heat enough oil in frying pan. Add the garlic cloves and few red chillies to flavour the oil. Once the tempering is done, remove them and reserve the oil. Prepare the stuffing In a separate pan with very little oil, lightly fry the onion and minced garlic till they change color. Add all the ingredients listed under the stuffing. Toss them well in oil. Cool it. Grind them in a mixer to coarse paste. Prepare the stuffed karela Stuff the halved bitter gourds withe the stuffing mix. Join the other half with the help of wooden toothpick. Plastic ones will melt while frying. (refer the image) Once done, fry the bitter gourd in high heat in the flavoured oil. Rotate the sides, so that it get browned from all sides. Once the bitter gourds turns brown, lower the heat to minimum. Cover the pan with a lid and let them fry on low heat till done. They will become very soft and gradually will turn deep brown. Serve hot with your favourite chutney like peanut chutney. Drizzle the leftover oil over the bitter gourds. 3.5.3226



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