6countBitter Gourd / Kakarakaya / Karela (medium size / as per pic above)
3cupsHot Boiling Water
4tablespoonsBesan / Chickpea Flour / Senagapindi
3teaspoonsRed Chilli Powder / Kaaram
½teaspoonTurmeric Powder / Pasupu
1tablespoonsFresh Coriander Leaves(chopped)
4tablespoonsCooking Oil(stove top method)
3teaspoons " "(air fryer method)
PREP WORK (common for both methods):
Wash the bitter gourd/ kakarakaya, cut the tiny edges on both sides. Using the blunt side of the vegetable knife, gently scrape off the skin lightly.Cut each into half, then slit open only on one side by giving a cut across.Add little turmeric powder, teaspoon of salt, into a bowl of hot boiling water. Drop them into the bowl.Set aside for 10 mins.
For the stuffing:Peel and then chop the onions finely. Take the onion pieces and garlic cloves into a mixie / spice blender, grind them into fine paste. Transfer this paste to a small bowl.Add the chickpea flour/besan, red chilli powder, salt and turmeric powder to the same bowl.
Mix everything thoroughly and using a teaspoon, insert this stuffing into each karela/ bitter gourd through the slit we made at one end. Put everything aside.
STOVE TOP METHOD:
Put a small pan on stove top under medium flame, pour the oil and let it heat.Gently place the stuffed karela / bitter gourd into the pan and close it with lid.
After 5 mins turn each to the other side and close the pan with lid.Let it fry for more 3-4 mins.
Then, open the lid,check if each one has softened. If not, let them get fried for more time.
Once, all of them have softened, add the remaining stuffing. Mix everything. Switch off the flame after a min! Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Done!!
AIR FRYER METHOD:
Spray / brush the air fryer mesh with cooking oil.Gently place the stuffed bitter gourd pieces onto the mesh. Again spray/brush each one with cooking oil.Close the air fryer, set the time to 10 mins, temperature to 200C / 390F.
After 10 mins, pause the air fryer, gently turn each one to the other side. Brush/spray with oil. Close the air fryer again. Set the time to 5 mins, and temperature to 200C / 390F.
Later switch OFF the air fryer, take the stuffed bitter gourd out of the air fryer onto a serving dish. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Done!
Please see the MAIN POST for step wise PICS recipe & TIPS!
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