Kalonji or Stuffed Bittergourd

Kalonji or Stuffed Bittergourd

What a weekend, I'm so tired now! Shopping with my friends for 3days..and Kishore has tempted me so much with all the diamonds purchasing !! I really liked the Lee Hwa Jeweler’s diamond stud the most! Inbtw so much of shopping I have found time to make this lovely dish call Kalonji or stuffed Bitter gourd.
of people makes stuffed Bitter gourd in different style, and I have made it with my mom's recipe (true UP Style). It's a long process but worth the effect.

Here goes the recipe:

Bitter gourd/Karela - 1/2 kg
Potato - 1 large (optional)

Thread - To Tie
Oil - 5 tbsp

For Stuffing:
Bitter gourd seeds - 1/2 cup or can be reduced the quantity, add onion more in this case
Onion - 2 large
Green chilies - 6-7
Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1 tsp
Fenugreek //Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
Onion seeds/Kalonji - 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds/Suanf - 1 tsp
Green Cardamom - 2
Black Cardamom - 1
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Amchur Powder 1 1/2 tsp or use raw mango - 2-3big slices
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 2 tsp
Redchilli powder - 2 tsp
Water - 2 tsp (if required)

1. Wash & peel the Bitter gourd lightly, just to remove the rough skin.

2. Cut the bitter gourd from middle and remove the seeds/inner filling (try not to cut the edges)

3. Sprinkle salt and 1 tsp turmeric powder over the bitter gourd and marinate for 30 mins

4. After 30 mins squeeze the excess water from the bitter gourd and keep it aside.

5. Dry roast cumin, suanf, methi seeds, onion seeds, coriander seeds
6. Roast chopped onion in 1 tsp oil until golden brown.
7. Grind all the ingredients listed under 'For Stuffing' with bitter gourd seeds into a fine paste, add little water only if required.

8. Stuff the paste in bitter gourd, use thread to tie it around the bitter gourd. (This is to make sure the filling does not come out)
9. In a pan heat oil & place stuffed bitter gourd one by one, cover the pan with lid and let it cook in slow flame.
10. Keep turning the Bitter gourd every 3-4 mins for all sides to cook properly.

11. Peel potato and scoop it to fill the stuffing or just cut potato in large cubes, toss with the stuffing to marinate for 10-15 mins.
12. When the Bitter gourd is half cooked add the potato in the same pan and let it cook with bitter gourd.
13. Keep tossing the pan.
14. Cook until Bittergourd & potatoes skin turns black along with the stuffing.
15. Cook in slow flame and it will take 45 mins - 1hr+ to cook the dish.
16. Kalonji is ready to serve and it can be preserve for 2-3 days.

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  1. have this in my blog,..like this dish lotz,..nice pic,.and like dur new template too..btw wheres ur native,..?

  2. Wow, a new template.... stuffed bittergourd looks tasty:)

  3. Ya, I was playing around with the settings..and got this new template.. trying to make my blog more presentable ;)

    Vani, It tastes tasty too ;p

    Priyanka, My native is UP but all my life been in Chennai (ie before coming to SG)...I guess you are from UP too?

  4. wow..next time I buy bitter gourd I will have something new to try..looks tasty.

  5. Great..We are near Banaras..near Mau..

  6. oky hve been to this place...maus sarree are famous if i m not wrong...

  7. And I always thought Banaras sareers are famous :)

  8. very nice recipe Priti, looks delicious!!!

  9. stuffed bittergaourd is delicious....do have done these with small ones..thats great...i think these filling will also suit padaval...

  10. Hi stopped by ur blog thro asankhana....Congrats on the award. Whats a coincidence....I have posted another version stuffed bitter gourd....urs looks very good too.....a different masala....next time will try ur method!

  11. Thanks to all for the comments...
    Welcome to my blog Veda

  12. hi priti, thanks for dropping by my blog and passing a lovely comment too, you have a wonderful looking blog, i will try this one soon, it is a good idea with potatoes, i did stuffing with chutney dal never posted it still !!, i love groundnuts i must try this way

  13. Hi....
    This is how we make kalongi & it's to die for.

    Do the marinating of the karela. Then boil few potatoes, mash it. Add all the spices as mentioned with coriander leaves, kaarela seeds. Mix all then stuff the potatoe mixt into the cut karela, tie with thread and fry. YUMM!!!


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