Stuffed Bitter Gourd curry | Stuffed Karela | Gutti Kakarakaya | How to make Stuffed Bitter Gourd curry / fry

Stuffed Bitter Gourd curry | Stuffed Karela | Gutti Kakarakaya | How to make Stuffed Bitter Gourd curry / fry - There are those who cringe at the "Bitter Gourd" and cry bitter..! But even those will be happy when they eat the Andhra style Bitter Gourd Fry. Here is a detailed recipe for the Bitter Gourd Fry with images and a video.

Bitter Gourd Fry is made differently in different areas. I am sharing the Andhra style Bitter Gourd Fry recipe. This Bitter Gourd Fry is not bitter. It tastes delicious when eaten with hot Rice and Ghee. It is very useful during journeys and for those who stay at hostels. This fry does not get spoiled even after a week of making it.

This Gutti Bitter Gourd/Stuffed Bitter Gourd Fry stays fresh at least for a week. This fry is called Gutti Bitter Gourd Fry at some places and as Stuffed Bitter Gourd at other places. Telugus make it differently depending on the region. Some add Coriander Spice, Bengal Gram Spice, Sesame Seeds Spice, Dried Ginger Spice etc. I am making it with Coconut Spice and though it is spicy, the Coconut adds a pleasant, balanced taste too.

I had made several different Bitter Gourd recipes in the past. And there are tips on how to reduce bitterness in all kinds of recipe. There is a different way to make this Stuffed Bitter Gourd also. I have given the other recipe too in the tips.

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Tips

  1. For this recipe, you should use the "tiny Bitter Gourds", those in the size of Ivy Gourd. I could not find them; I have used the smaller ones among the lot I had. If they are tiny, then they fry till the very core, and the fry tastes good.

  2. Tender Bitter Gourds fry quickly and taste better.

  3. Peel the Bitter Gourds, rub them with the Salt Turmeric mixture and marinate for 30 minutes. Then the bitter juice will be extracted.

  4. I have removed the seeds from the Bitter Gourd. But some people like the seeds so they can roast the seeds along with Red Chillies and make a Powder of it and use it. I have fried the Bitter Gourds in Oil and have stuffed them with this Powder. If you want, you can fry them half, take them out, seal them and fry again. And then, you can add the rest of the Powder and fry.

  5. The way I made it, it doesn't need much oil.

  6. If the Powder is left over, it can be eaten with Dosa, Idly or hot Rice. It starts fresh for a month.

Stuffed Bitter Gourd curry | Stuffed Karela | Gutti Kakarakaya | How to make Stuffed Bitter Gourd curry / fry - Recipe Video

Stuffed Bitter Gourd curry | Stuffed Karela | Gutti Kakarakaya | How to make Stuffed Bitter Gourd curry / fry

Main Course | vegetarian
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Soaking Time 25 mins
  • Cook Time 20 mins
  • Total Time 50 mins
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Kilo Tender Small Bitter Gourds
  • 1/4 cup Salt
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • Pieces from 2 Dry Coconut Halves
  • 15 Red Chillies
  • 2 tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 15 Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Jaggery
  • 1.25 tsp Salt
  • 2 Sprigs Curry leaves
  • Oil to fry

Instructions

  1. Peel the Bitter Gourds and remove the seeds.
  2. Mix Salt and Turmeric in a vessel. Rub it on the Bitter Gourds inside and out and let them rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Roast Dry Coconut pieces in a pan until they give out the aroma.
  4. In the same pan, add Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Garlic, Curry leaves and fry on low flame until they give out the aroma (If you like, you could add Bitter Gourd seeds too).
  5. Mix Coconut, roasted Coriander Seeds in a mixie, add Salt and Jaggery and make a Powder.
  6. Take the marinated Bitter Gourds and squeeze hard so that the bitter juice is extracted.
  7. Heat Oil in a pan and add the squeezed Bitter Gourds and fry them by pushing the oil on to the vegetable.
  8. Once they are cool, stuff the Coconut Spice Powder into the Bitter Gourds Coconut and serve with Rice.
  9. If you want, you can fry them half, take them out, stuff them and fry again. And then, you can add the rest of the Powder and fry.

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