Bitter Gourd ~Flavours of Nepal

I am guilty of not sending my entries to events.

 Not attending to my e mails regularly in short I am not organised.
About the first thing I did this month was getting this veggie ready and today I am posting it in great hurry on the last day. Thank God it is a leap year.
This is my entry to Nupur’s Flavours of Nepal.
I love karela/bitter gourd/bitter melon/hagalkai/karla. So what best can I cook when I found this site when I Google for the recipes.
The original recipe is here and here is mine.
2 karela, sliced
1 onion, finely diced
1 tomato, chopped fine
2 dried red chilies 
2 fresh green chilies, minced
1 tsp mustard seeds 
1 teaspoon garlic, minced 
1 teaspoon ginger, minced 
1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
1 tablespoon curry powder
3 tablespoons cooking oil
Carrot juliennes   

1.      In a pot of boiling salted water blanch bitter melon slices for a few minutes and transfer cold water. Blanching in heavily salted water reduces the bitterness of bitter melon.
2.        In a non-stick sauce pan, heat oil and fry mustard seeds and red chilies until dark.
3.        Add onion fry until light brown.
4.       Add the tomato. Fry till mushy.
5.       Add turmeric, curry powder, chilies, garlic and ginger; mix for a minute or so.
6.       Add the blanched bitter melon and stir fry for five minutes.
7.       Cover and cook on medium heat for ten more minutes.
8.       Garnish with carrot juliennes and serve with steamed rice. 


8 thoughts on “Bitter Gourd ~Flavours of Nepal

  1. Pari February 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Hi dear. That's a quick one. I remember picking a nau phodon in Nepal and I must say it adds great flavour. FOODELICIOUS MARCH EVENT, ‘ONLY’- SOUTH INDIAN & GIVEAWAYS

  2. Hema February 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Nice one, very rarely I see biter gourd recipes..

  3. KR @ Edible Entertainment February 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm Reply

    Hi! Thank you so much for participating in Kid’s Delight event. 🙂 I’ve posted the Roundup in 3 parts. You can check your entry at Part 1 , Part 2 OR Part 3Love,Kavi (Edible Entertainment)

  4. Aarthi February 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm Reply

    This looks absolutely yummy..I should try this soon…Bookmarking this one..Aarthi

  5. Sumee February 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm Reply

    I love Karela., this looks delicious! will try soon.

  6. Alpana March 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Looks super yummy………..

  7. Sensible Vegetarian March 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm Reply

    Looks absolutely delicious.

  8. Nupur March 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm Reply

    thats one lovely recipe, dpecially for Bitter guard lovers like me.thnx for linking to the event

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