Moong dal in Karela

27 Apr

Kakarakaya pesarapappu vepudu


Karela/ Kakarakaya/ Bittergourd 3
Yogurt 1 tbsp
Salt 3 tsps

Moong dal 1/2 cup
Red chillies 3
Salt to taste
Oil 3 tbsps

Method of preparation:

Wash bittergourd and make a vertical slit in its stomach.
Take care not to split the bittergourd into two.
Apply salt (1 tsp) inside the slit of each karela.

In a bowl of water, add 1 tbsp of yogurt, above karela and microwave for 10 minutes.
or until the karela becomes little tender (changes color to light green).
Once karela is cooled to room temperature, squeeze all the water out of it using both the hands.
At this stage you can remove the seeds if you dont like to eat.
You can even taste the bittergourd to see its not too bitter.

Soak moong dal in water for 30 minutes.
Make a coarse paste out of moong dal, red chillies and salt.

Stuff this moong dal paste into the karela carefully.
Heat oil in a deep pan, add the above karela and stir fry until golden brown.
Make sure every side of bittergourd is thoroughly cooked.
Serve with cooked white rice.

Better if you got small bittergourds.


8 Responses to “Moong dal in Karela”

  1. sra April 27, 2007 at 2:28 am #

    Raji, where do you get these unusual recipes from? Are they traditional or do you innovate?

  2. asha April 27, 2007 at 6:08 am #

    I just left a comment which disappeared on me!!

    I thought microwaving the Karela is brilliant and the dish is very unusual:))

  3. Sharmi April 27, 2007 at 7:03 am #

    this recipe is so new. I had stuffed karela at my friends place. microwaving it, is a good idea.

  4. Deepika Saripalli April 27, 2007 at 8:09 am #

    Never heard of this raji, we do a senagapindi stuff

  5. Jyothi April 27, 2007 at 8:33 am #

    Haaaaaaaa really raji!, you are so innovative and creative also. How you will get these different ideas, really wonderful idea of microwave of karela. Thanks for sharing.

  6. anusharaji April 28, 2007 at 12:23 am #

    @sra its kinda traditional but very few people knew it.
    @asha thx, i felt like microwaving cuz its easy.
    @sharmi what did u stuff it with?
    @deepika saripalli we do senagapindi too
    @jyothi i just adopt old ideas with new ingredients

  7. Lakshmi Moorty June 1, 2007 at 2:25 pm #

    Thi si svery good stuffed Karel acurry. For diabetics one can also use any flour like bajra,jawar, kalchana flours and spices for the filling. TH ebitter th ebetter. The liquid of water, yougurt etc should not be discrded. Drink it. it is good for your blood.
    Lakshmi Moorty


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