Bittergourd Stuffed with Small Black/Green Chickpea | Kala Channa Bharwa Karela | काला चना भरवा Karela


What I hated eating during childhood, I have somehow started liking them a lot. Bitter gourd is one of them. I am sure many of you would relate to me. I don’t have to worry about any such habits if it is good for me. This recipe is local to Bihar and I learnt it from one of my colleagues who is a great cook herself. You can avoid using tomatoes in gravy. The recipe came out great because of which I decided to share it with everybody, seeking her permission which she very sweetly obliged . So S , if you reading this recipe, A special thanks to You .

What You Need:

4 big Bitter gourd
1/2 c small Chickpea
2 Onions Finely Chopped
2 Tomatoes Finely Chopped
2 Green Chili Finely Chopped
2 tbsp leaves Coriander Finely Chopped
2 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Dry Mango Powder
Salt To Taste
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste


Steps To Make:

1 Soak Chickpeas overnight and pressure cook them with 1 glass of water for 25 minutes.  
2 Allow pressure to drop and mash them properly with hand.
3 Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan.
4 Add ½ of the onions and toss for 2 minutes.
5 Add the mashed chickpea, salt to cook, ½ tsp dry mango powder,1/2 tsp cumin powder and finely chopped green chilies. Mix well. Cook for 5 minutes and allow it to cool down.
6 Cut the bitter gourd in half if you are taking big ones. Else, you can put them as it is inside the pressure cook.
7 Add pinch of salt and 1 glass of water.
8 Pressure cook bitter gourd on high till you just start hearing the whistle.
9 Switch off the flame and remove the pressure cap from top allowing pressure to drop immediately.
10 Drain excess water. Remove the seeds with help of a small spoon.
11 Stuff the bitter gourd with the chickpea stuffing made above.
12 Heat remaining oil in a pan.
13 Once oil is hot, add cumin seeds.
14 Add onions and toss till it turns brown.
15 Add ginger garlic paste and cook till the raw smell is gone.
16 Add finely chopped tomatoes,1/2 tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp dry mango powder and salt.
17 Cook for 7 to 8 minutes.
18 Add 1 glass of water. Please the stuffed bitter gourd carefully .Cover and Cook till bitter gourd is soft and all cooked. The gravy may dry up a little.
19 Enjoy your bitter gourd with soft phulkas.

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