Monday, December 28, 2015

Kaarela ane Champa ni Gotli nu Shaak

Not too long ago, I substituted chestnuts for jackfruit seeds. Now, jackfruit seeds (AThalya - Marathi/ Bikand - Konkani/ Champa ni GoTli - Gujarati) are readily available at our local Indian grocers. They come peeled, sliced and frozen. It's very easy to make any curry. My MIL suggested adding them to the bittergourd stir fry.

Kaarela ane Champa ni Gotli nu Shaak
Bitter Gourd with Jackfruit seeds
3 bitter gourds, rinsed, scraped, deseeded, sliced
1 cup jackfruit seeds
4-5 garlic cloves, peeled & sliced
salt to taste

1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander-cumin seed powder/dhaana-jiru
1/2 tsp chili powder/or per taste

1. Heat oil in a wok. Add mustard seeds, asafoetida and turmeric powder. As they sizzle, add garlic cloves. Fry till they change the color slightly.
2. Add bitter gourd pieces and sauté till they are semi cooked.
3. Now add all the powders. Stir fry for 1 minute without letting them burn.
3. Add jackfruit seeds and salt. Sauté till bittergourd and seeds are cooked.
4. Take off the heat. Serve as a side dish with chapati/rotli.

Note -
1. I get jackfruit seeds in the frozen section of the Indian stores. They are already peeled and slivered.

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