Friday, 19 July 2013

Khatta Meeta Karela | Sweet & Sour Bitter Gourd

Bitter Gourd stir fry with Indian spices & Jaggery



Summer is at it's good mood here & I should admit that I am having a great time. Usually it seems that,  summer here means no snow & frequent rains with sun peaking out once in a while. But this time it's more of the radiant bright yellow hue with less of rains & I sincerely hope it remains the same :) And the pathways & gardens & fences are lined with bright & chirpy flowers in brilliant & bold shades. Even the river that flows through the center of this town looks lush green with the shadow of the big pines & apple & cherry trees on it's banks !! And the days are long as 20 hours, that  you never see the night for nearly 4 months a year,  unless you are a very late sleeper.. Feels heavenly right?? Wait before you decide that this is more better than your hometown :D All these goodness is compensated during the next 8 months of the year, when it snows heavily & you see the sun only for 4 hours a day !! And you can talk about the temperatures in (minus two digit) range :( But, some people do enjoy that weather right, so all together it comes as a package :) So here are some pics for you my friends !!







I have been doing a lot of cooking these days, but the photo shoot does not happen that often & hence it doesn't make it to this space. I had been having a lot of guests & get togethers & some experimental cooking.. Come summer time & it is jolly time for we ladies out here. Frequent get togethers & that implies food, food & a lot of food.. But summer is just an excuse to meet more frequently than in winter :D So coming to today's recipe, it's a bitter gourd stir fry that gels well with rotis & parathas and even with steamed rice & Morukari (Gravy with curd) as I had. Bitter gourd is Deeps' favorite veggie & so it features often in our menu (& hence this space ;)) & I not being a great fan of it, like to experiment with it to suit my taste buds. This recipe is from my mom's old cooking diary which too has a story with it ;) Maybe some other time, I guess I have talked enough for now..  Definitely try this recipe if you are not a great fan of bitter gourd as it has the perfect blend of sweetness & sourness to it which would take you a step closer to liking the healthy veggie !!

Recipe from Ma's ole diary 

Serves: 3-4 persons

I Took: 35 minutes


I Used:

Bitter Gourd/Karela - 500 gm
Onions - 2 nos - big - chopped
Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1 ½ tbsp
Red Chilly powder - ⅓ tsp
Coriander powder - ⅓ tsp
Amchur (Dry mango) powder - ½ tsp
Turmeric powder - ⅓ tsp
Jaggery - 4 tsp
White Vinegar/Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - As Needed




The Way:

  1. Wash & scrape the bitter gourd. Remove the seeds and cut them into ½ inch thick pieces
  2. Boil them in salt water. I kept on microwave high for 12 minutes. Drain the water & keep aside
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Fry onion slices. When they turn translucent add the ginger-garlic paste & saute well
  4. Once the raw smell goes off add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, amchur powder, salt & 4-5 tsp of water & mix well
  5. Add the boiled bitter gourd pieces and mix well. Cover & keep on low flame for 5-6 minvutes
  6. Remove the cover & add jaggery to it. Cover again & cook for 2 minutes 
  7. Remove from flame & add the white vinegar OR lemon juice & mix well
Serve hot with parathas or roti or puri

Cheers,
Chitz

47 comments:

  1. what a photography! i couldn't take my eyes of it,lovely clicks dear

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  2. Lovely pictures...And the sweet and sour karela looks very yum..

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  3. Lovely clicks with sweet n sour dish...

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  4. wow.... awesome clicks with awesome recipe... love the pictures!!!

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  5. Loved all pictures... Nice recipe

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  6. WOW what a picture treat.. Simply loved the rainbow pic. You have captured it perfectly... The recipe looks delicious but I am lost in the beautiful pics of nature

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    1. Haha.. Glad to hear that u loved the pics Rekha ! Thanks a lot for ur lovely words :)

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  7. Incredible clicks, although I loved all of them, i cannot take my eyes off that giant lonesome mushroom, perfect!! Ohh only 4 hours of night time, interesting Norway!
    Hey boiling gourd in salt water after scraping is a damn good idea, thx! Also this is a brand new bitter gourd recipe! I would love to try, I have bitter gourd at home, the only ingredient missing is amchur powder from the pantry!!

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    1. Yupz Pavithra.. Land of the Midnight Sun it is, they say that if u go further north, it doesn't set at all.. And that lone mushroom is still der in my lawn !!
      It is ok even if u omit amchur dear,u can still try !

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  8. love the pictures, its beautiful. bitter gourd is also awesome.

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  9. Couldn't take off my eyes from your photographs, lovely natural views. Absolutely delicious karela recipe. thanks for sharing it.

    today's post:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/07/subz-do-pyaza-mixed-vegetables-with.html

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  10. Our weather is basically the same, either burning sun or raining. Summer is such a beauty and the pictures simply says it all. I usually cook bitter gourd for my other half because of its remedial effects for diabetics. Thanks for the recipe because I now have another one which I can try out. Beautifully prepared and it certainly has the flavors we will love. The only thing is that we don't have mango powder over here.

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    1. U can omit amchur powder Nava :) No probs at all, stil wil taste great !

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  11. Amazing clicks dear,I can totally understand ur joy on seeing the sun shine ,it fills us with so much of happiness and energy:) A nice recipe,I'm not a big fan of bitter gourd,but this has tempted me to give it a shot :)

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  12. Lovely clicks..
    Summer is always loved by Europeans when compared to Winters! :)
    A very nice recipe indeed... :)

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  13. wow amazing photography done dear .. I love the rainbow click a lot :) and sweet and sour bitter guard looks yummy and so very healthy recipe :)

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  14. Beautiful & stunning clicks, I love the khatta -meeta bitter gourd...
    Thanks for sharing, I will surely try your version looks very inviting.

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  15. wow nvr heard of this recipe... so unique.. will give a try surely... btw the double rainbow and mushroom snaps are too good...
    Event: Dish Name Starts with U

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  16. Sounds yummy!! Lovely pictures

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  17. visual treat Chitra...what a stunning clicks...Are you in Norway...love the mountain -lake pic and mushroom pics.....Bitter gourd recipe looks so good...perfect side dish for rasam rice

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    1. Yupz.. Me in Norway Gayathri :)

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  18. Chitz that was such treat I can almost feel the happiness here with double rainbows and the blooms btw is that ur patio? but the other 8 mths phew!!thats lil depressing for me:)

    Wow love the khatta meeta karela !! I would suggest not to drain off the water but cook with just enough so that all the nutrition stays in it.

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    1. Ok, sure.. Will not drain off water from next time.. Thanks Meena :)

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    2. And yea, most are my clicks & some my hus's ;)

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  19. Aha another karela recipe, love this. You enjoy the Sun while it lasts girl friend.

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  20. Excellent clicks..Especially I love the reflection in water.. Healthy and delicious Bitter gourd gravy..

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  21. chitz simply loving every clear clicks...amazing photography...love that double rainbow too...coming to recipe...am a fan of karela..the way i love eating the stir fry is crazy...your version of sweet and sour is interesting...love to try this later days

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  22. Muy sabroso me encanta ...preciosas fotos me gusta el hongo maravilloso,hugs.

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  23. Delicious Bitter gourd adding jaggery is wonderful. Clicks are beautiful, Love that rainbow. You are master photographer.

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  24. Your photos are gorgeous! On this side of the world, Ira been a massive heat wave so rain sounds like a good omen!

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  25. Though I am not a fan of bitter gourd, I love the khata meetha flavour. The dish looks very interesting.

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  26. Excellent clicks and recipe. Looks great

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  27. great pics Chitz ! though am not a big fan of bitter gourd, addition of jaggery might make it tasty I guess. nice recipe !

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  28. Lovely pretty flowers and something interesting with the bitterness. Great.

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  29. Beautiful pics. Karela looks yum. Nice flavors.

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  30. I am a fan of bitter gourd! The stir-fry looks so inviting.
    Great rainbow click!

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  32. wow..lovely pictures Chitz.esp loved the rainbow and mushroom image.

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  33. lovely garden will get tips from u when i start one.

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  34. Thanks a lot everyone for ur awesome & encouraging words :)

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  35. Great Blog!! Karela is really good for health. Your thought processing is wonderful. The way you tell the thing is awesome.
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