Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Karela (Bitterground) Achar


Many people may not like Karela or Bitterground so as to speak due to its bitterness nature on our taste buds. But, when you stir fry or mix it with potatoes, the bitterness goes away with its spices and taste much better than you think. This recipe is similar to that of Aloo Achar - the only difference is the addition of onions and bitterground itself. You can choose to make it spicy or you can go mild depending what you like. Also, it is also one of the easiest dish to make and you can enjoy with beaten rice or rice or roti or anything you would like to have. Here it is so you can enjoy!

Makes about 6 servings
Karela (Bitterground) Achar

Ingredients Needed

  • Karela (Bitterground) - 5
  • Red Potatoes - 4
  • Chopped Red Onions - 1 cup
  • Lemon - 1 and 1/2
  • Brown Sesame Seed powder - 1/2 cup
  • Mustard Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder to taste
  • Salt and Chili powder to taste
  • Turmeric Powder to taste
  • Schwan Pepper to taste
  • Cilantro to garnish
  • Add water as needed
Optional: Green chilies if you like it hot

Steps to follow

Boil potatoes and Bitterground until it is cooked. Then, cut them into bite-size halves as you would for Aloo Achar. Then mix the chopped red onions onto it.
Mix of potatoes, cooked bitterground and chopped red onions

Add Brown Sesame Seed Powder to the mixture.
Add Brown sesame seed powder to the mixture
Add spices to taste. Add turmeric powder on the top so you can pour the heated oil on top of it so you get the taste and color for the dish.
Add the spices to the mixture
Heat the oil on a medium heat and add fenugreek seeds until it turns dark in color.
Fenugreek seeds on heated oil
 When the seeds turn black in color, remove from the heat.
Remove darkened seeds from the heat
Pour on top of the mixture.
Pour Heated oil on the mixture
Mix well. Add water as needed.
Bitterground Achar
Karela (Bitterground) Achar is ready to be served.

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