Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bitter gourd with lentil

100gm bittergourd,
100gm lentil (Tuver dal)
2-big size tomatoes
8-9 green chillies
3-tbsp oil
1-tbsp red chilli powder
1\2-tbsp turmeric powder
1-tbsp garam masala
1-tbsp mustard seeds
1-tbsp cumin seeds
1\2-tbsp asafoetida (hing)
3 tbsp lemon juice+2 tbsp sugar or jaggery(optional)
Salt to taste.

Step 1: Soak the Tuver dal for one hour.

Step 2: After that microwave for 4 minutes on high. So it’s become soft but not like smooth dal and Keep aside.Step 3: Peel and cut the bitter gourd into long slices. Remove the seeds.
Step 4: Soak into slated water for 1\2 hour so we reduce the bitterness.

Step 5: After that drain the extra water from the bitter gourd and put over the tissue paper.

Step 6: Cut the tomatoes into medium size pieces and keep aside.

Step 6: Heat the oil into a pan and add mustarded seeds, cumin seeds and hing.

Step 7: Add small green chilles and fry for one minute.

Step 8: After that add bitter gourd dry long slice in it.

Step 9: Cook into medium flame for 5 minutes and add turmeric powder.

Step 10: When bitter gourd slices become crispy then add red chilli powder and salt in it.
Step 11: After that add cook tuver dal in it and mix it. Cook into low flame for 3 minutes.

Step 12: Add chopped tomatoes and gram masala in it.

Step 13: Cook on medium flame until all tomato mix with curry very well.
Step 14: Turn off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.

Step 15: Serve with hot roti and ripe banana pieces.

Note: If you like then also add lemon juice and sugar for taste. Also you reduce the bitterness with lemon juice and sugar. Mix the lemon juice and sugar before the one minute of turn off the flame.

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Sending the Bitter Gourd with lentils to Pooja from My Creative Ideas for her VOW: Bitter Gourd


Suganya said...

You are a bitter gourd lover. I see you cooking with them often.

Jayashree said...

I like the way you've combined tomatoes with karela.

Asha said...

YUMMY! Another masterpiece with bitter gourd!:))

vimmi said...

This is the first time i am seeing this combo. Love karelas. Will try soon

Cynthia said...

What an incredible combination, I would never have thought of cooking the two together. We often would cook the dhal and the bittergourd separately to eat with rice and some achar.

Rajitha said...

we make sambhar with bitter gourd but never this way..looks good..but i am a little sceptical to try ;)..those rotis look yummy kajal...

KALVA said...

wow nery interesting recipe... nice one dear!

Kajal said...

Hi Suganya,

No my dear I am not bitter gourd lover. My papa loves this vegetable very much so I try in different way for my papa. Sometime I am not taste the curry also.

Thanks for your lovely words. Happy weekend my dear.:))

Kajal said...

Hello Jayashree,

Thanks a Lot!!!
Have a great day.:)

Kajal said...

Hello Asha,

I am glad to see your lovely comment my dear. I hope you feeling good. What is plan for your X’mas vacation my dear.

Thanks a lot my dear.:))

Kajal said...

Hello Vimmi,

Yes, I made this combination first time but its turn out good so I post here.

Thank you my dear for your nice words. Good Day.:)

Kajal said...

Hello Cynthia,

First of all thanks for your lovely words here. I love your smiling face always and good to see your comment here so I see your smile in the morning so my days become more cheerful.:) My papa says if you are smile than whole world is smile with you but if you are crying than no body with you. My dear this is something different taste not like the dal and curry taste. But is nice plate with rice and lemon achar.

Your words are as nice as you. Thanks a lot!!!

Kajal said...

Hello Rajitha,

Don’t worry my dear I made this curry but I am not lover of bitter gourd so not eat this curry only just taste it. I made this dish for my Papa and Mom only.


Kajal said...

Helloooooooo Kalva,

Thanks my dear. I am glad to see your nice words.:)

KayKat said...

You seem to be one of those rare bittergourd fans. And you've convinced me to try this out :)

david santos said...

Hello, Kajal,
good food, thank you

I wish you a good end of 2007 and a good year of 2008.

Kajal said...

Hello Kaykat,

Thanks for your nice words. I am not bitter gourd fan. My papa is bitter gourd fan and I cook this curry for my papa only and some time my mom also loves it.

Happy Weekend.:)

Kajal said...

Hello David Santos,

I am glad to your comment here. Thanks for best wishes my dear.:)

Thanks a lot!!!

bhags said...

Tomatoes in karela...never have tasted this combination before....shud try

bhags said...

Hi Kajal, can i have your mail address please....else you can mail me at

Meera said...

Bahu saras, Kajalben!
Have never tried bittergourd with tuver ni daal. Thanks for an unusual recipe. I will surely try it.

Pravs said...

oh, this looks really good.Love bittergourd..a new recipe to try.
Happy holidays !

Kajal said...

Hello Pravs,

I am glad to see your lovely words. Happy Hoilday.:))

Kajal said...

Hi Bhags,

Thanks for your cute words. My mail id is

Marry Christmas!!!

Kajal said...

Kem chho Meeraben?

Tamri gujarati ma comment vachhi ne aanad thayo. Tamro khub khub aabhar.

Happy Christmas.:)

Vilasini said...

hmmm... karela!!

Dazy said...

I'm making this for dinner tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

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