Friday, April 10, 2009

Kaarela nu Amiri Shaak

Kaarela nu Amiri Shaak
Bitter gourd-Cashew nut fry
3 medium bitter gourds/kaarela/karli/karela, scraped, chopped

salt for sprinkling + salt to taste

1 tbsp jaggery

1/2 lemon

1 tbsp oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp raw, unsalted cashews

1 tbsp raisins

1 red chili, halved

1/2 tsp turmeric powder


1. Scrape the bitter gourds and chop into fine pieces.

2. Sprinkle some salt over the chopped pieces and keep aside for 15 - 20 minutes.

3. Squeeze the juice out of the gourds, wash them and set aside.

4. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add onion & red chili. Saute till it is golden brown.

5. Now add cashews and raisins. Saute for 2 minutes.

6. Add bitter gourd pieces & turmeric powder. Saute till they are crisp.

7. Add salt to taste and jaggery. Saute till jaggery melts.

8. Switch off the gas. Add lemon juice.

Note -

1. Traditionally, before adding bitter gourd pieces to the saucepan, they are deep fried. I saved some oil & calories!!


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