Stuffed karela fry with poppy seeds is made with bitter gourd and stuffed with a poppy seeds masala paste. The addition of poppy seeds in the stuffing makes the dish less bitter and tasty.
Karela which is also known as bitter gourd, bitter melon, and bitter squash in English is not loved by many for its bitter taste. People also consume it for its health benefits. Even drinking karela juice has full of advantages. Apart from its bitterness karela is filled with many beneficial antioxidants and essential vitamins. Here are a few amazing health benefits of this vegetable mentioned below.
- Strengthens immune system
- Improves respiratory health
- Helps in maintaining blood sugar level
- Reduces bad cholesterol
- Boosts skin health
- Good for eyes
This is my mother’s recipe, usually cooked at home. In fact, everyone in my family loves bitter gourd and this one is the most demanded😊 Recently I had been to Odisha and the pictures are taken while I was at home. Do try this dish and let me know how you like it.
How to make Stuffed Karela Fry With Poppy Seeds
Here for making this, I have used some fresh and tender medium to small size bitter gourds. However, you can use whatever is available to you. No gram flour, peanuts, potato or coconut is used here for stuffing. Rather, a spice paste is made with poppy seeds and few other spices like onion, garlic, cumin seeds, and green chili is used for the filling.
To get the best taste the masala paste needs to be very smooth. Hence my mother uses a stone mortar and pestle for making the paste. It can also be easily done with a blender. Just it is important to make sure the poppy seeds and cumin seeds are soaked in water for few hours.
Before frying, the karelas need to be 50% cooked and the remaining will cook while frying. Also, the spice paste needs to be lightly sauteed in oil before stuffing just to get rid of the raw taste.
Serve this stuffed karela with some steaming rice, dal and another side dish of your choice.
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Stuffed Karela Fry with Poppy Seeds | Stuffed Karela Recipe
INGREDIENTS ( 1 CUP = 250 ML )
- 6 karela/bitter gourd medium size
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- water as required
- 4 tbsp oil for shallow frying
- 4 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1/2 tsp chopped garlic or 1 garlic clove
- 1 tbsp chopped onion
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 green chili
- salt as required
- a pinch of turmeric powder
- 1 tsp oil
- Wash the karelas well. Then cook them by combining with salt, turmeric powder, and sufficient water.
- Cover and cook until they get almost 50% cooked. Make sure it should not be cooked more than that.
- Once done strain the water and transfer the karelas to a plate to cool down.
Making the stuffing
- Soak the poppy seeds and cumin seeds in warm water for 3-4 hours or overnight.
- Combine soaked poppy seeds, cumin seeds, chopped onion, chopped garlic, green chili, and salt in a blending jar and blend it until smooth. Do not add extra water. The masala paste should not be watery.
- Cut the karela into halves. Remove the seed and pith with a small spoon or with your hand and keep aside.
- Heat a tsp oil in a pan. Add the poppy seed masala paste and saute for 2 minutes over medium flame. Just to get rid of the raw taste. Then remove from flame and set aside for cooling down.
- Stuff the karelas with the prepared stuffing. Then set aside.
frying the stuffed karela
- Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Once the oil turns hot add stuffed karelas. Do not overcrowd the pan.
- Simmer the flame and fry until brown patches appear. Flip them to the other side and again fry them until brown patches appear. If required add a little oil in between.
- Follow the same process until all done.
- Stuffed karela fry with poppy seeds is done. Serve hot with some piping hot rice and dal.