Stuffed Bitter Gourd

Okay! This curry is not so complicated as it looks :) I myself was shunning it for quite a while because of all the work involved and then I thought, why not do it and tried it. The curry came out so well that I now look forward to doing it again!  Guys you too should do it you know :)

Medium sized Bitter gourd - 8
1 big onion - diced finely
Curry leaves - 10
Red chilli powder - 2 tbsp (or as per your spice levels)
Tamarind paste - 1tbsp
****Pappula Podi - 3 tbsp
Jaggery - 2 tbsp
Plain curds/Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Turmeric - 1/2 tbsp
1/2 cup oil

****Pappula Podi Recipe:

  • Wash bitter gourds and make a slit on one side lengthwise and remove the tough seeds using a knife.
  • In a big pan, pour 3 cups of water, 1 tbsp of tamarind paste, pinch of turmeric, salt, jaggery, 1/2 cup of yogurt. Add Bitter gourd to the pan and boil until they are tender but firm to touch. It usually takes 5 mins. Drain and keep the bitter gourd aside to cool.
  • .This process helps in removing the bitterness from bitter gourd leaving a slight tangy taste to the bittergourd skin.
  • For Filling:
  • In a pan, add 2 tbsp of oil and when it is hot, add mustard seeds and curry leaves and fry till mustard seeds splutter
  • Add onion pieces to the pan, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and fry till onions are translucent
  • Then add 1 tbsp of jaggery and 3 tbsps of pappula podi to the pan and fry the mixture for 2 more min and let it cool
  • Stuff the fried onion mixture into the boiled bitter gourds and keep them aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in another pan and place the stuffed bitter gourds carefully and fry over medium - high flame for 5mins until the edges turn crisp and charred.
This fry is very very  tasty and goes well with white Rice, Sambhar combination or with just plain rice :)

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