Bitter Gourd, as the name suggests is really bitter and the most disliked veggies among children. But moms have always tried their best to feed children in some way or the other.
There are many different ways to prepare karela, it can be fried, stuffed, boiled.....
The way we make it in orissa is cooking it with musard paste.
Karela: 1 large or 2 small
Mustard seeds : 3tbsp
Garlic : 4-5 cloves
Red Chilli : 2-3
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Salt : to taste
Oil: for cooking
Wash and chop the karela into thin slices.
In a saucepan boil the chopped karela with some salt, till its cooked.
Make smooth paste of mustard seeds, red chilli, garlic, turmeric powder, salt and 1 tsp oil.
Once the Karela is done drain it and mix it with the mustard paste. Make sure all the karela pieces are nicely coated with the masala.
In a flat pan add some oil and when hot add the karela in a single layer.
Fry all the karela till crsipy.
This is authentic oriya food :)
Serve it with dal chawal and enjoy the yummy karela..... and the best part is, because of all the masala flavor its not that bitter.
Give it a try and do let me know.
Till then happy blogging