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 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 said...

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

sharmila 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.

sharmila said...

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

sharmila 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 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.

Syed Syedshaheazali said...

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

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