The health benefits of bitter gourd are many and is rich in vital vitamins and minerals. It is also has very low calories and rich in dietary fiber. Bitter gourd is also very good for people with diabetes as it helps to control blood sugar. Consuming karela can help you get rid of acne, blemishes and skin infections and gives you a healthy and glowing skin.
I use bitter gourd regularly in my home and I make it a point to use once a week. For this recipe I have used the small bitter gourd called midhi pavakkai.
Stuffed Bitter Gourd (Pavakkai) Fry
- Small Bitter Gourd - 6
- Turmeric Powder - ¼ tsp.
- Coriander Powder - 2 tsp.
- Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp.
- Chilli Powder - 1 tsp.
- Oil - 2 tbsp. for frying the bitter gourd
- Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp.
- Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp.
- Oil - 2 tsp.
- Wash and clean the bitter gourd and then make a long slit without fully cutting the bitter gourd.
- Chop the onions finely and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and fennel seeds.
- When it turns colour, add the chopped onions and fry till it becomes transparent.
- Now add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
- Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and salt and cook till the raw smell goes off and switch off the stove.
- Let it cool down.
- Now take the bitter gourd and stuff the masala inside and steam cook the bitter gourd for 5 minutes.
- In a pan, heat oil and add the half cooked bitter gourd and keep in low flame and fry by turning once in a while. Be careful while turning.
- Cook till the bitter gourd is fried well and remove from the stove.
- This stuffed bitter gourd can be served with rice or rotis.