Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Karela Anda Ghotala/Bittergourd Egg Scam

Thank you Mr Sanjeev Kapoor for giving us- Anda Karela Ghotala,I loved making it & eating it !!!

Bitter gourd is one vegetable I did not eat for the longest time in my growing-up years.I did try it occasionally as my father insisted on all healthy vegetables . I found it bitter and abhorred the chewy skin & texture. I got married and found out that Mahir loves karela and he quiet enjoys it for its quintessential after taste bitterness . I don't remember when but I think some good recipes helped me in developing a taste for this vegetable. I started to  enjoy the stuffed karela and usually I like all the stuffings but my favorite would be mango stuffed karela as I enjoy the sweetness the mango lends to the slightly bitter karela.

Well this recipe is not about stuffed karela's. This is a easier recipe and does not require all the cumbersome steps that a stuffed karela recipe entails for. I browsed through Sanjeev kapoor's recipes and I was amazed to find around 15  recipes, but this karela anda ghotala recipe stood out for me as  I was quite amused by its name. Also the fact that he experimented and concocted this recipe in his kitchen piqued my curiosity and I gave it a shot. I was actually planning on making this for myself and Mahir and cook seprately for Manasi (she does not eat karela) but she happen to see this while walking through the kitchen and asked me what smelled so good- I told her it was karela/Bittergourd with egg and she said  she wanted to try a piece of karela I pretended to look normal and nonchalantly popped a tiny piece of karela in her mouth she asked for another tiny piece and oh boy!! I was still trying to pretend I was not excited :) Finally after trying the two pieces she asked me to make her roti's with this sabji-So now you have a fair idea of  how good this turned out to be. I have made some changes to the basic recipe and have used some spices that were not there in the original recipe.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

karela/bitter gourd: 3 medium sized
Fired onions: 4 tbsp ( store bought)
Tomato's chopped: 1 cup
Eggs: 2
Olive oil: 2 tbsp and a few drops for frying the omlette
Ginger Chopped very fine: 1 tsp
Garlic: Chopped 1 tsp
salt: to taste
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp
mango powder: 1tsp

Masala to be roasted and then ground to a fine powder

Fennel Seeds: 1 tsp
Fenugreek: 1tsp
Corriander seeds: 1tsp
Red chilli: 3 dried or to your taste
Black pepper corn: 10
cloves: 2
Green Cardamom: 3

1. Take the karela and with a potato peeler get rid of the skin. Sprinkle salt on these and leave them aside for couple hours. The salt helps in extracting the bitterness to some extent. I left them salted for a whole day.

2. Take the karela/bittergourd and wash it,pat dry it with a paper towel to avoid the spluttering during shallow frying . Cut the karela into 2 inch pieces.

3. Take a frying pan and add 2 tbsp oil to this. When it starts to smoke ,slide in the karela/bittergourd and fry till the skin turns brown and gets a little crisp.

4. Remove them from the pan and put them aside.

5. In the same oil add the fried onions (you can also use 2 medium sized fresh onion)chopped fine. To these add ginegr & garlic, now add the diced tomatos and add salt turmeric powder,mango powder and everything under the masala which is to be roasted and ground. Cook this till you see the oil appear at the edges .

6. Take the eggs and beat them with just a pinch of salt . Make an omlette and keep it thick. Now cut this into 2 inch pieces.

7.Add the shallow fried karela/bittergourd and omlette to the fried masala and mix it carefully without scrambling the omlette pieces.
8. Garnish with chopped cilantro and squeeze some lime juice on it and serve it hot with roti 's or naan. You are going to love this :)

Notes: lately I have been using the  sultan's golden fried onion as they  save a lot of time and add a nice  rich color to almost any preparation.
If you choose to use the freshly chopped onion,then please fry them till they turn a nice golden brown.
Vegetarians can avoid the egg and add nutrella chunks instead.


  1. wow tats a very uncommon combination..... looks interesting!

  2. lovely- i have seen this recipe from sanjeev too, now i 'm truly inspired to make it !

  3. bouth he aacha post hai aapka dear... very nicee

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  4. Interesting combi of karela wid eggs...Would love to try it out soon!!

  5. bittergourd and egg never tried these combo. looks so delicious n thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. This bittergourd and egg scam looks absolutely yummy and new for me,thanks for sharing..

  7. I too dislike karela for its bitterness but now looking at your photo makes me drool. Can really feel how tasty it was. Excellent!

  8. Looks super good ,but this is one among the list of veggies that I don't like.Will give it a shot.

  9. Although I am not a big fan of bittergroud, However, the way you have deliciously spiced up this great combination, would love to try preparing this very soon.

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  10. Thats an interesting combo...looks so delicious..
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  11. love that vibrant click! the dish looks so delicious.. addition of egg is new to me but should try soon :)

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  12. I love karela and i loved the name of the dish Kavi...Looks spicy and i think its must try for me...

  13. wow that is really uncommon combo..but it looks really yummy tempting...i got bg sitting in my fridge..will gv a try!

  14. Looks super delicious,never tried this combo,love bitter gourd,this looks spicy and inviting,just by looking one can understand how wonderful it might have tasted...yummy

  15. I love karela and egg looks spicy and delicious.

  16. Kavita..I will try this only because you posted it :) have never been a fan of bittergourd but this is really a unique combination!

  17. I know most people don’t like the bitterness from it. All the great spices you have used in this recipe bring out the best in bitter Gourd... wonderful recipe... Thank you for sharing it!!!

  18. This is the first time I am hearing about this dish.Dish looks too tempting.I will be making this very soon.Thanks for the recipe.

  19. New to your space...this recipe is new to me..very different n all bittergourd haters will love it:)Thanks for sharing...Happy to follow u


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