Stuffed Bitter Gourd(Bharwan karela)
Have you heard of bitter gourd?
If you grew up in India, I am sure you may have. As the name implies, it is bitter, sharp bitter gourd. Not many people like it and you know why?
You would think why would my parents buy a bitter vegetable and cook it for a houseful of kids? Simply because they knew it is good for us, regardless of the opinions our taste buds had. Bitter gourd has been long known for its medicinal values. Guess what, we all got used to it over the time.
Bitter gourd is not available in our regular grocery stores. I get it from Indian stores. You will know it by the chiseled ridges.
My mom was very creative with it.She cooked it in many different way.One of my most favorite way to eat this has been stuffed bitter gourd.
- To subdue the bitterness, my mom boiled it, sometimes with lemon juice.
- Stuffing has generous amount of dry mango powder. It is easily available in Indian stores. However I have cooked it without mango powder. I used lemon juice and tomatoes for tart.
It is served as side dish to rice or bread. Preferably rice. Since you can mix it with rice. The way to eat it, you take every bite with the stuffing. In a spoonful, you will taste the bitterness of the gourd, tartness of the mango powder, aroma of ground coriander and cumin.
No one in my family liked it,as expected.It is one of those vegetable which i love but don’t cook it enough because i am the only one eating,top of that,it is not available easily to me.