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 )
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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!!!

    39 comments :

    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!
      Angie
      godsgrowinggarden.com

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    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!

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

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

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

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    6. wow so delicious and interesting recipe...

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    7. wow this looks really delicious.

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

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

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

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

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

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

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

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    14. i really like chanay ki daal...it 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!

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    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
      http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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

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    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! ;)

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    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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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

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    25. 彡♡` Olá, amiga!

      Que delícia!

      Bom fim de semana!
      Beijinhos.
      Brasil ♡彡.
      ¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮

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

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

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

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    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
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      from Wednesday until Sunday.
      Hope to see you there.
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      Adorned From Above
      www.adornedfromabove.com

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    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. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

      Thanks, Nichi

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    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.
      Michelle

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      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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    Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

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