I love karelas and am always on the lookout for a new way to make them - this was one such experiment and it worked beautifully . Here is what I did.
6 Karelas - Lightly scrape and cut into half moons or discs ,retain 2 tablespoons of the scraping.
2 Onions cut like Karelas have been
1 Measuring Cup Channa Dal - Soak 2 hours and boil till nearly done.Strain.
1/2 Teaspoon Haldi.
1 Teaspoon Jeera.
1 Teaspoon Dhania Powder.
3-4 Dried Red Chiles.
Pinch of Hing.
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice .
Heat oil splutter jeera with dried red chilies , add onions and saute till they begin to color . Then add dhania powder , haldi and salt and tip in karelas and karela shavings. Cook Till Kerelas are done - maybe 6-7 minutes.
In another pan heat a teaspoon of ghee/oil , add hing and saute channa dal ti dal is done yet firm - maybe 2 minutes.Return Karelas to heat ,sauteed cooked dal , lemon juice , gently mix , cook another 2-3 minutes for flavors to marry .
A delicious coming together of flavors and textures here - not to forget colors too !
I don't salt my karelas if they are tender . Retain karela shavings to use in dals or any other dishes , they give a great flavor and have lots of health benefits.
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