Dum ka karela

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
12 Bitter gourds; (karelas)
Salt to taste
15 grams Ginger paste
15 grams Garlic paste
1 teaspoon Turmeric powder; (5 g.)
Butter for basting and greasing
150 grams Paneer; grated
60 grams Groundnuts
1 tablespoon Sesame seeds; (15 g.)
15 grams Coconut
1 teaspoon Cummin seeds; (5 g.)
2 larges Onions; (120 g.)
5 Cm ginger; julienned
1½ teaspoon Coriander powder; (7 g.)
1 teaspoon Chilli powder; (5 g.)
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons Tamarind pulp; (30 ml.)
15 grams Jaggery; crushed
3 tablespoons Sesame oil; (45 ml.)
½ teaspoon Cummin seeds; (2 g.)
½ teaspoon Mustard seeds; (2 g.)
¼ teaspoon Fenugreek seeds; (1 g.)
24 Curry leaves

FOR THE FILLING

FOR THE TEMPERING

Wash and slit the bitter gourds on one side. Remove the seeds and rub with salt. Arrange on a tilting tray and keep aside for at least an hour. (Keep the bitter gourds overnight if you prefer them less bitter). Put enough water in a pan. Add salt, ginger paste, garlic paste and turmeric powder.

Stir and bring to a boil. Add the bitter gourds and blanch them until soft.

Drain and keep aside.

To prepare the filling: Remove the brown skin and roughly chop the coconut.

Dry roast the coconut, groundnuts, sesame seeds and cummin seeds in a frying pan until each emits its unique aroma. Hold the onions with tongs and roast them directly over the flame until the skin is charred. Cool, peel and roughly chop the onions. Grind all these ingredients, except paneer, with ¼ cup water to a fine paste. Add paneer, ginger, jaggery, coriander powder and chilli powder to the paste and mix well.

To prepare the tempering: Heat oil in a frying pan and season with cummin seeds, mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. Stir over medium heat until they begin to crackle. Add curry leaves and stir. Pour over the paste, mix well and divide into 12 equal portions. Put a portion of the filling into each of the blanched bitter gourds. Arrange them in a greased roasting tray with the slit side on top. Cover with foil. Punch a few holes in the foil and cook on dum in the pre-heated oven at 275 degree farenheit for 30 minutes, basting at regular intervals. Remove and uncover. Serve with cummin-tempered whole potatoes and buttered seasonal vegetables on the side.

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