Wednesday, June 25, 2008


For past two weeks I was so tired of everything blogging, studying, traveling. I just felt like getting away from everything. So took a long break and feel so refreshed now. All I did was update something in my creative blog. That’s it! But it’s better to come back after a break because it gives a clear mind to start something fresh.

I love trying different recipes apart from the food prepared at my home. My maid is a very good cook too. She’s a maharashtrian and whenever she prepares something different she gets it for me and my friend to taste. She had prepared this stuffed bitter gourd and I liked it so much that I asked her for the recipe. Trust me all those people who don’t like to eat bitter gourd will atleast eat the veggie for this recipe. Good example, my hubby! Can you believe it he did not even know what the veggie is, until I told him? I kept telling him its karela (hindi). He did not know what that was until I said its haagal kayi (kannada). Imagine the expression on his face! He was so impressed that it was bitter gourd and he knew nothing about it.

Stuffed Bitter gourd (Serves 3)

Bitter gourd – 4

For grinding:
Coconut - ½ Cup
Ground nuts – 1 handful
Coriander leaves – 1 tbl spn
Tomato – 2
Garlic – 4-5 flakes (Optional …although I think adding garlic definitely helps in terms of taste and health wise)
Red chilli powder – 2 tspns
Turmeric – 1 tspn for boiling and 1 tspn for the ground paste
Salt to taste
Oil – 3 tbl spns

1. Cut bitter gourd in half and slit one side.
2. Scoop out the seeds. Boil them in water with salt and turmeric until the bitter gourd becomes soft and cooked. This process is approximately 15 mins.
3. Roast ground nuts without oil in small pan on a low flame.
4. Grind tomatoes, coconut, coriander leaves, garlic and the roasted nuts. Take out the paste to a bowl and add salt, chilli powder, turmeric and curry leaves to it.
5. Stuff this ground paste inside the bitter gourd. You will have more ground paste left for the amount I have mentioned.
6. Take Oil in a pan; place the bitter gourds one by one in the pan. Add the rest of the paste in the pan. Fry on each side for 5 mins.
7. Fry till the raw smell of the paste goes. Check for salt again at this point. Add more if required.
8. Fry in simmer for 10 mins until the bitter gourd takes all the juice.
This dish goes well with rice/dhal combination or rice/rasam combination and chapathis too!


sowmya said...

loved the stuffing..nevr tried adding grated coconut ..will try now

Kalai said...

This stuffing sounds amazing! Will have to try this on my husband who hates bittergourd. :)

Sunshinemom said...

I am not a bittergourd fan but that does look very tempting!

Hima said...

The stuffing is looking so good. Got to give it a try.

skribles said...

looks delicious! a must try for me :)

Uma said...

delicious bitter gourd curry! nice recipe.

notyet100 said...

plz come tomy blog,.thers something waitin for,,u

Sujyothi said... stomach is growling and my mouth is watering...
Lovely...I am going to try this and will let you know how it was!!
Thanks for this wonderful recipe!!
Keep up the great job!!

Veda Murthy said...

Thank you Soumya, Kalai, sunshinemom, hima, skribles, uma, Notyet100 and sujyothi! Your feedbacks always keep me encouraged and improve my blog!

Many of you have mentioned that you will try this recipe. Please do try it and leave a msg back as to how it turned out for u !

Warm regards,

Jayashree said...

That stuffing looks so delicious....I really, really like this recipe.

LG said...

Stuffing ingrediants are interesting. Will try it next when I buy bitter gourd.

Priti said...

Hey Veda, the recipe looks gud...will try for sure....

Vanamala said...

Nice recipe...never tried

KALVA said...

lovely recipe

A&N said...

Hi Veda, this is my first visit. Never heard of stuffed Paavakkai! Nice recipe! Thanks for sharing it :)

Veda Murthy said...

Dear jayashree, priti, lg, vanamala, kalva, a&n

Thank u all very much for stopping by and showering ur appreciation to my recipes....


Sushma said...


I also do this almost the same as mentioned above, it tastes really good.
I love preparing & eating this.

Anonymous said...

Nice recipe. After knowing the health benefits of Bitter gourd i have starting loving it. Bitter gourd is rich in vitamin A, B1, B2 and c and contains minerals like calcium, phosphorous, iron, copper and potassium.