Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Karela (Kakarakaya) Pulusu

Karela / bitter gourd – 4  
Onions (chopped) -1
Green Chilli (chopped) - 3
Jaggery -little
Peanuts (dry roast & powdered) -  2 tsp
Sesame seeds (dry roast & powdered) – 2 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Tamarind paste – 5 tsp
Curry leaves – little
Red chilli powder to taste
Mustard seeds –1/2 tsp
Jeera – 1tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

                 Chop onions and slit the green chillies. Wash the bitter gourds, slit them into two vertical halves and scoop out and discard the seeds at the center. Chop the rest of the bitter gourd. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, jeera, curry leaves, onions, green chilli and turmeric powder. Toss for a few seconds. Fry till slightly browned. Add bitter gourd pieces, salt, stir and let it saute for 10 min. taking care not to burn it. Add the tamarind paste and jaggery and mix well. Add as required amount of water, Stir and let cook on medium heat or till the pieces are cooked. Cook well till you get a gravy consistency. Add coriander, peanut and sesame powders.  Cook for 2 min. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with rice / roti.

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