Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Have Karela also gone Nuts!

Its not every day that I eat a Karela. Infact I never. Somehow I have not got myself eat this vegetable. But sometime soon I got to get used to this. The fact remains that I have got to be an example, if not a role model for my kids. God help me if I ever got to be one. I really hope my kids take either their grandparents or their father for one! But tackling a kid and trying to make her understand that these are good for her is seriously a tough job. So I have to first be doing it before I tell her to either eat it or some behavioral thing. So I have got over my toughest battles of eating those vegetables that I never used to eat as a kid myself. Bitter gourd is the lone one that's still not in the party!.

But lecturing a kid to eat anything for that matter on the pretext that its good for health is very difficult when they question you back on why I don't eat. This happened this Sunday when Konda was so happy with the Keema balls, that she was asking me to eat it. I said I don't eat non-veg. She was all questions. She wanted to know why I don't eat. When I said I don't like it. She said "I don't know pa, if you don't have strength don't ask me about that'. "If you don't eat this, you will not have energy and you will become weak." I told her that I eat when I was a kid, so I have all the energy that I need. Well this only shows that we got to practice what we preach.

So when she is good enough to eat Bitter Gourd, I better eat it myself. On the other hand, this is the only version that I cook which I eat and actually enjoy! You may feel that it may not be healthy as its deep fried. But some bitterness is better than nothing I feel. And also I ensure I try to drain most of the oil.

Hubby dear on the other hand, is crazy of Kakara kaya as we call in telugu. Amma and of course, Athamma make awesome curry with this vegetable that he simply adores. Of course, I can't certify myself on the delish of that curry but I trust my hubby's sense of taste. He is quite hard to please with just about anything that goes into a dish. But I feel this is what makes me search for perfection in dishes.

This Karela in Nuts is his favorite one among the dishes that Amma makes. One amazing thing about this is, when you pack for lunch also, the karela pieces retains its crispiness.The recipe is same as the fried nuts.

We use fresh garlic pods that have the skin on but loosen. Fresh curry leaves fried. Peanuts and cashew nuts deep fried.

Finally, just grate the karela's outer skin, chop into fine circles. Once all the other ingredients are fried, deep fry Karela in batches. Once they are cooked, drain them to kitchen towel.

In a bowl, take all the fried ingredients, add salt and chilli powder and toss. This makes all of it to get nicely coated with salt and chilli powder.

Karela will have the wonderful taste of garlic and curry leaves and since its fried, it wouldn't be so bitter.

At one point of time, this used to feature a lot during our week's menu. I was preparing this after a long gap. So it was really fun digging into the bitter, nutty taste of the whole dish, with roasted garlic flavouring the whole gastronomical journey!

Once in while indulgence in a fried passion works out well. And if its all nuts, why not go nuts over it!

Sending this to Pooja from My Creative Ideas for her VOW: Bitter Gourd.

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21 comments :

easycrafts said...

Even i cannt eat karela man...and brinjals too..there are many veggies that i dont like, yet can definetely swallow up, but never with karela and brinjals...

Kalva said...

Delicious reason to forget about cholesterol and calories... yummy!

Seema said...

Srivalli - I love Karela! I can eat any dish made out of it, the bitter it is the better it tastes.Your dish looks lovely..

Jayashree said...

You are right about having to practice what u preach....they learn so much just by observing us.
Nice dish....looks and sounds yum.

Happy cook said...

I really dislike this vegetable. When i was samll my mom used to force us to eat this and we kids hated it. But seeing your dish with the nuts etc i woudn't mind to try them.

sagari said...

wow karela looks soo gooddddd it might tasted yummmmmmmmmmmm

bindiya said...

This is sooo different, but must be very good too.thx for the recipe.

remya said...

i like bittergourd dishes..specially fry ones...urs looks really yummm...very inviating

click said...

stop dissing my favourite veggie. :D i loved it as a kid and still do. i don't understand how folks like sambar, though. :D

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I will eat the nuts alone;D

Miri said...

I love love love karela and have just blogged 2 days back about my affair with this veggie :)

So glad to have another recipe to try out - looks really delicious!

Bharathy said...

Deep Fried pavakka should be ok!..:)...with nuts..absolutely OK ;)

Love the novel combo,Sri

kamala said...

Hi srivalli
Never heard abt this combo.It looks yummy
kamala

Latha Narasimhan said...

I love paharkai anyway! with nuts?!I will go nuts for this curry! :D

Anonymous said...

Your posts make me laugh.

Cynthia said...

I love me some bitter gourd. I can eat it daily.

Sugarcraft India said...

This looks awesome....with fried nuts etc everyone would be tempted to try it out.

Srivalli said...

ec, hahha...thats nice to know...I normally used to drink water and swallow those I didn't like!

Kalva, yeah it is really great to eat with nuts

Seema, wow..thats something...hats off to you!

Jayashree, thanks..nice of you to drop by!

Happy cook, yeah every kid does...but now as grown up no excuse!

sagari, you can take my word for it!

bindiya, thank you..do try it

remya, its very tasty and easy to make

Bee, hahha..its nice to know you like this...just like you to like this..well..it means you haven't tasted the right one!

Rajeswari..you are welcome!

Miri, welcome to my blog..thanks..I have checked and its good..will try it out sometime soon

Bharathy, thanks ..novel ideads come from you my friend!

kamala, thanks..you should try this out

Lathamma...nice words...do try and let me know

Anon, thanks...I like this...I try hard at it you know...:D...would've been great to know the name...thanks for dropping by..do visit again!

Look here..another bitter lover!..you always amaze me Cynthia

Swati...thanks...you should try it out

Neelam said...

Hey your recipe is sooo different...very nice...I'll give it a try!Thanks.

Srivalli said...

Neelam, thank you...do try and let me know!

renuka said...

I've not come across this combo srivalli will try this soon

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