Monday, September 3, 2012

Chanay Ki Daal Karela ( Bengal Gram Lentils With Bitter Gourd ) or Stuffed Bitter Gourd

Chanay Ki Daal Karela ( Bengal Gram Lentils With Bitter Gourd ) or Stuffed Bitter Gourd ... Delicious bitter gourds filled with lentil, onion, tomato & spices.

Chanay Ki Daal Karela ( Bengal Gram Lentils With Bitter Gourd )

Serves : 10 - 12

Ingredients :
  • 1 kg.  bitter gourd / bitter melon / bitter squash ( karela )
  • 375 gm.  split Bengal gram ( chany ki daal )
  • 1/2 tsp.  turmeric powder
  • 250 gm.  onions, thinly sliced
  • 250 gm.  tomatoes, seeds removed & thinly sliced
  • 1 medium raw mango ( kairi ), peeled & coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp.   ginger garlic paste
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp.  red chillies powder
  • 1 tbsp.  salt, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp.  cumin seeds ( zeera )
  • 1 tbsp.  coriander seeds ( sabut dhania ), crushed
  • 1 tbsp.  fenugreek seeds ( methi dana )
  • 1 tbsp.  fennel seeds ( saunf ), crushed
  • 1 tsp.  nigella seeds ( kalonji )
  • 1 tsp.  carom seeds ( ajwaain )
  • 1 tsp.  turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 - 3 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp.  fresh coriander leaves, chopped

Method :
  • Wash & remove the skin from the bitter gourds by scraping with a sharp knife.
  • Slit the bitter gourds lengthwise, making sure that they do not separate into two pieces. Remove all the seeds.
  • In a large wide bowl, place the bitter gourds and dust generously with salt and rub with your hands to remove the excessive bitterness. Let it rest for at least an hour.
  • Wash with plenty of water and keep aside. 
  • Boil water in a pan with turmeric powder. Add bitter gourds and cook until they are sightly tender.
  • Drain water and keep them aside to dry a bit.
  • Drain the soaked lentil. Combine lentil, turmeric powder and water in a separate pan. Boil until lentil is 3/4th cooked. It should be soft when pressed but not mushy. Drain and transfer to a large bowl to cool.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients except oil, green chillies and fresh coriander. Mix well and adjust seasoning.
  • Stuff the bitter gourds with lentil mixture. Tie with a thread all around the bitter gourds to close the opening so that the stuffing stays inside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, fry stuffed bitter gourds in batches until golden brown. Remove from oil and keep aside until all are fried.
  • In the same pan, add remaining lentil mixture, fried bitter gourds and little water.
  • Cook on low heat, covered until the lentils are fully cooked and all the moisture is dried up.
  • Sprinkle green coriander and green chillies. Serve with Naan or Roti / Chappati.
Note :
  • If raw mango is not available, you can add tamarind pulp according to taste.

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    Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


    1. WOW - "Bitter-Gourd"? - I never knew there was such a thing - I'm a gourd artist but didn't know that there was a variety that could be eaten. Very interesting - Thanks!

    2. stuffed bitter gourd? wow! this is the first time I've seen this. I'm not a fan of bitter gourd, but this looks really good!

    3. Hmmm...mazydaaaar :) I know its tasty!!

    4. Looks yumm.. Amazing and delicious...

    5. That is a unique & deliiicious karela dish!!
      Prathima Rao
      Prats Corner

    6. wow so delicious and interesting recipe...

    7. wow this looks really delicious.

    8. Delicious and mouthwatering stuffed karela. Wonderful combination of dal and karela. Lovely recipe.

    9. Unique dish ,sounds yum,thanks for sharing.

    10. One of my most favourite daals my friend delicious :)

      Choc Chip Uru

    11. This is absolutely FABULOUS !
      Super unique, I've never heard of stuffed bitter fourd

    12. hi ambreen, very innovative.sure tastes great - spicy, bitter , sour.. . i like the mixture. have a nice day dear

    13. Wow. Thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back on Friday.

    14. i really like chanay ki tastes so much better than other daals.hehe. but, i haven't had it the way you made it with karelas. it looks soooo appetizing!

    15. Yum - it looks delicious (as do all your dishes). I've never heard of bitter gourd before - shall have to look out for it!

      Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
      Hope you have a fabulous week!
      Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    16. Omg, wat a fabulous dish, stuffed bittergourds makes me drool.

    17. salaam, wow machallah what an interesting recipe i love it! and i am going to try as soon as it is fall here and the ingredients are around in the market! thanks for commenting on my blog; i'm now following you too! ;)

    18. I think your blog is very inspiring, i enjoyed reading it. Lets follow each other! I am dreaming of having more than 25 followers. I wold really appreciate it xxx

    19. Chana daal is my favorite and this looks amazing!

    20. New to me...Looks delicious with that stuffing...

    21. Never heard of it, but it looks like a very Fall-ish dish ;) visiting thru Stuff and Nonsense party.

    22. stuffed with channa dal?? wow looks incredible..

    23. Fasinating flavors amazing presentation. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

    24. Hi Ambreen,
      I think you would be able to smell these wonderful flavors at the front door and it would just draw you into the kitchen, it looks awesome! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
      Come Back Soon!
      Miz Helen

    25. 彡♡` Olá, amiga!

      Que delícia!

      Bom fim de semana!
      Brasil ♡彡.

    26. You have so many beautiful ways to cook lentils I am amazed. This is another great one, love it!

    27. Looks yummy! Just wanted to invite you to come link up with Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies! Hope to see you there!

    28. Yummy! That looks delicious and that is a lovely photo!

    29. this is an amazing recipe. I looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
      from Wednesday until Sunday.
      Hope to see you there.
      Debi Bolocofsky
      Adorned From Above

    30. What a great combination of flavors!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch!! I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight.

      Thanks, Nichi

    31. Hi Ambreen,
      This sounds delicious! For some reason there are no pictures that I can see. Thanks so much for linking up last week to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you have for this week’s party! Have a great week.

      1. Oh dear! I was shocked to see that all my pictures were gone. But thanks to God, everything is back to normal :)

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