Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Kaarchi Kai(Mini bitter gourd) Sabji

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I do not know the English name of the vegetable in the photo, but in North Karnataka, we call it "Kaarchi kai"(Kannada). It tastes like bitter gourd. It is available only in the rainy season. It is having crunchy seeds. Its having tails on both the sides, need to be removed before we cook. One more thing to keep in mind is, if it is exposed to direct sun, it will open and split and the seeds will come out. Then you can not cook it.
Now, here is the recipe,
Kaarchi kai - 250 gms
Onion - 1 big chopped
Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Haldi - a pinch
Fresh coconut - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Lime juice - 1 tbsp
Sugar or jaggery - 1 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp to fry
and 1 tbsp to prepare the masala
Wash the kaarchi kai, cut the tails and keep in closed bag, if you are not cooling immidiately. Keep in mind to cook as early as possible and not to expose it to the sun.
Heat oil in the kadai, fry the vegetable till slightly brown. Keep it aside in a plate. In the same kadai, add 1 tbsp oil. Add mustard seeds, jeera, curry leaves and onion. Fry for some time. Add kaarchi kai, salt, chilly powder, haldi, fresh coconut. Mix it properly and Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Off the heat. Add lemon juice and mix properly again. The vegetable is ready to serve.
It tastes good with Jowar rotti.

Keep smiling,


Pavithra Elangovan said...

First time here .. you have wonderful space here.. I love this bitterguard so much.... sabji looks so good and love to eat with curd rice and hot steamed rice.

Nivedita Thadani said...

Thanks Pavithra, for all the comments.
keep encouraging me like this. :-)

Unknown said...

OMG! where did you get kacharkai here. Did you grow them in the your yard...I live in dallas & hopefully I can grow them too. my mom actually made majjige menesinkai style with it & sent it across as My husband loves them. Tell me tell me. I will try to find out.

Unknown said...

omg!!!!! where did you find them!!!~!

Unknown said...

OMG!!! where did you get Kacharkai here in the US!!PLS tell me. I will try find out what they are called here. Thanks so much for the receipe

Nivedita Thadani said...

I do stay in India and I am not sure you will get these in US.
You need to visit India during June and July month to taste these.

Shaz said...

Thanks I was searching the image &English name of this . "kodanchi" finally got both here

Geeta chavan said...

Nice recipe... Would love to try it..

Archana said...

My maid keeps talking about this vegetable n now I think I will ask her to get some for me. Sounds delicious.

Poonam Bachhav said...

Lovely post..I have yet to taste this curry..but it sounds flavorful !

Paarul said...

Never tried this one , I m sure it taste lovely with curd rice ..

Vanitha Bhat said...

I have never tried this one before! I love bitter gourd...lovely nice recipe!

Maria Nasir said...

I know it as kakrol but haven't seen this vegetable in ages! My husband and I, we both love foods with a hint of bitter, especially karela. Looking at your delicious curry, I wish I can somehow find it here.

jayashree said...

It tastes good, never made this way. I think it tastes good with chapati.

Mayuri Patel said...

I'm not a huge fan of karela, be it small or big, but must say that sharing a traditional sabji recipe is good. I've not seen karela that small. Interesting post.

Sasmita said...

OMG !!! So cute bitter gourd these are. Lovely recipe also :)

code2cook said...

This sabji looks really great. Though I have not cooked it but lookwise definitely a great side dish. Bookmarked.

Hayley said...

Just last week I bought this small karela, which are less bitter and I made stuffed karela, surely will try your version next time. Sound so delicious and tempting.

Freda said...

Lovely recipe, I'm sure it tasted wonderful! Would love to try it someday :)

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