Thursday, July 19, 2012

Uchche Posto Jhuri | Khus Khus Karela | Bengali Style Bitter Gourd with Poppy Seeds

Karelas or Bitter Gourd have just started coming in at our local farm. We went Karela hunting last week, and got ourselves a stash of eight wonderfully fresh and tender karelas!! This apart from green beans, okra, and some wonderful beets!! My first karela recipe is Khus Khus Karela - this is bitter gourd made in a typically Bengali style with poppy seeds. It is a very simple recipe with just a few spices, but the taste is mind blowing!

3 karela (bitter gourd), chopped
3 tbsp khus khus (poppy seeds)
Salt, to taste
1 tbsp oil
2 dry red chilies
1/4 tsp haldi (turmeric)
1/2 tsp rai (mustard seeds)

  1. Heat the oil in a pan, then reduce the heat to a medium high.
  2. Add the mustard seeds and dry red chilies. When they begin to pop, add the chopped karela.
  3. Stir to coat the karela pieces with oil. Cover and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Now add the turmeric and salt, stir well, cover and cook till the karela begins to soften.
  5. Place the posta in a dry grinder and grind it to a powder.
  6. Once the karela is tender, stir in the posta with a half cup of water.
  7. Keep stirring till the water has evaporated and you get a thickish curry.
Enjoy this delicious vegetable with parathas!

Vegan Recipe

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  1. Love this extremely irresistible khuskhus karela..Beautifully done.

  2. I have never tried karela with poppy seeds. interesting and looks very good

  3. I'll have to find the bitter gourd first! This dish looks amazing!

  4. Mouthwatering bittergourd recipe. Yummy and try it very soon. Bookmarked. Thanks for viewing my space and for your kind words. Keep in touch pls.


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