Friday, April 18, 2008

VoW-Bitter gourd Round up and Voting starts from now....

Bitter gourd – you love it or you hate it. There is no other options for that. Yeah people like me could be exception who is slowly trying to consume it knowing the enormous benefits it has. Not only to control sugar level , it is very helpful to cure Cancer, Constipation and piles, blood-disorders, respiratory disorders, alcoholism, cholera and Numerous infections.

We have a saying in Gujarati – “Kadva Kaarela na Goon na hoy kadva” meaning Karela tastes bitter but it has many is having many qualities in it. I know back in India sometime mothers used to give Juice of it to child for fever. We never realize those values when we were in India , I am glad that I came to USA that made me aware of what a rich legacy of everything we had. Anything of today’s technology seems dull compared to deep knowledge of those things our people had. May it be counting the distance between starts, or deciding time by the length of shadow. We had people knew these things thousands of years ago even. I know some people who even today guess time by the position of sun on their head while working in farm in day time.

Ayurveda- is another thing which I started exploring very much after I came here. Even up to that extend that I feel like going back to India and do detailed study on that:D.

Well, coming to round up of Bitter gourd recipes , we have 60 great entries to enjoy bitter gourd now. With these entries this - liking and hating things -is also visible. As some choose to skip it this month while some choose to send more than 1 entries for the same. We have 10+ bloggers with more than 1 dish from them including --- Asha – 2, Srivalli - 5 , Mythreyee - 3 , Jayashree - 2 , Kajal – 6 , Meera - 3 ,Sandhya - 2 ,Kalai - 2 , Rina-2 and Trupti-2, Jan- 2. I must say they are all wonderful in cooking bitter gourd in wide range - from pickle to Pulao… :) . Thank you all for sending in your delicious recipes to cook bitter gourd with. It surely is a good chance for people like me to start eating it more and more to try each dish with.


Bitter Gourd as Starter dish

Kakarakaya Pakoda by srivalli
Spicy Karela Nuts by srivalli
Kakarakaya vepudu by srivalli
Bitter gourd fritters by srivalli
Garlicky Lemony Bitter Gourd Crisps by Jai&Bee
Healthy Bitter gourd Fritters by Trupti
Bitter Gourd fries by Dhvya K
Pavakka Pakora by Mythreyee
Sorisa batta kalara bhajja by Shibani

Bitter gourd as Side dish



Bitter Gourd Crisps by Pravs
Kakara kaya Gojju ~ Bitter Gourd Medium Sauté by srivalli
Bitter gourd Stir fry by Divya
Baked bitter gourd Chips by Sia
Parikkai thayir pachadi by Jayasree
Bitter gourd Pickle by Ranjeetha
Kakarakaya Podi by Deepika
Kakarakaya Karam by Vijaya
Pavakka(bitter gourd)Pickle by Mythreyee
karela crispy lemony fry by Priyanka
Bitter Gourd Fry by Rama

Bitter Gourd as Main course (Gravy/Curry)



Karela Masala by Asha
Karela Stir fry by Asha
Baked Gutti Kakarakaya (Baked Stuffed Bittergourd)by Hima
Baby bitter gourd fry by Jayashree
Bitter Gourd curry by Cham
Pavakkai Kozhambu by Vineela
Dheeve Ummen by Nanditha
Bitter gourd Pitlai by Jayashree
Bitter Gourd Baskets in Thick Gravy by Lavi
Simple Karela (Bitter Gourd) Stir-Fry by Jan
Hagalkai gashi by Archy
Bitter gourd gojju by Rupa
Bitter gourd curry by Uma
Bitter gourd with Lentils by Kajal
Bitter gourd with Tomato-Onion Gravy by Kajal
Bitter gourd with Mango(Keri-Karela) by Kajal
Stuffed Bitter gourd by Kajal
Stuffed Bitter gourd with onions by Kajal
Bitter gourd- onion Curry by Kajal
Karela Masala by Jan
Uchche Posto Jhuri -- Bitter Gourd fried with Poppy seed paste by Sandeepa
Karela Ju bhajji by Medhaa
Bitter Gourd fry with Besan by Sandhya
Spicy Bitter Gourd curry by Sandhya
Karela Kanda nu shaak by Meera
Karela Dhokli nu shaak by Meera
Bharela karela curry by MS
Tetor Dal by Me
Kaaju Karela(cashew &bitter gourd) curry by Me
Bitter Gourd curry by Bhawana
Bitter gourd Rasam By Sushma
Shukto by Bhagyashri
Bitter gourd fry by Kalai
Bittergourd tamarind masala by Kalai
Bitter gourd stir fry by Reena
Tamatar karela by Reena

Bitter Gourd as Dinner dish/One dish Meal with Bitter Gourd


Bitter gourd with eggs By Dhivya
Bitter Gourd peels Thepla by Meera
Bitter Gourd-Ragi Utappa by Trupti
Karela Pulao by Mythreyee

Do check it carefully and at the end of that don’t forget to vote for three categories as you did here.

Categories are
Most authentic recipe
, Best presented( by picture shown here) and Most creative recipe.

Please mention your votes in separate comment along with the category name( please note that my entries are excluded from this ). Those comments will be moderated for 1 week .The voting time is from today to 23rd April mid night. It's a good idea to value someone’s effort , so take little time and drop in your vote for your choice of entry .

Keep voting, keep rocking and keep cooking , And if you have some more time, help me with my click-confusion.

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44 comments:

Vani said...

60 entries, wow! Nice round-up. I'm amazed at the sheer variety of dishes! Thanks for hosting this event, Pooj!

Mythreyee said...

Oh my God! so many recipes with bitter gourd. Thats amazing. Best presentation vote goes to Bitter Gourd Crisps by Pravs. Lovely entries and thanks to you for showcasing so well.

Mythreyee said...

There is an extra prefix to all the links so none of them are linking to the posts. Kindly check it.

Divya Vikram said...

That was a beautiful roundup Pooja..
Here are my votes..
Most creative - Karela pulao by mythreyee
Most authentic - Karela masala by Asha
Best presented - Bittergourd
tamarind masala by kalai

krystyna said...

Hi Pooja!
I'm so happy that I came here today. Wow! So many and so yummy recipes! Thank you Pooja and thank you to all your great friends.
Really I didn't know what is "bitter gourd", but now I know.
I know that bitter /as a flavor/ is very good and healthy, especially for stomachache.
Thanks so much for great information!

krystyna said...

I'll be back to read recipes!

Good luck and many blessings!

Uma said...

wow, that's a great round-up, Pooja! You sure have put a wonderful effort into this.

Uma said...

OK. here is my voting. Last time (vow-brinjal) also I missed this.

Most Authentic Recipe: Tetor Dal by Pooja
Best Presented: Bittergourd Crisps by Pravs
Most Creative: Bittergourd Tepla by Meera

Curious to know the winners!

bhagyashri said...

Great Round up Pooja! What an array of Bittergourd dishes...who knew one could make so many of them! I will post my vote very soon...

jayasree said...

Wow... So many BG dishes to choose from. Amazing roundup. Probably the roundup may change BG haters to likers.

SMN said...

Pooja fist one to comment yepee.. hey how do u vte thisese things? loved the round up

Srivalli said...

Simply Rocking Pooja...great efforts!

Cinnamon said...

A very lovely roundup Pooja... I could never stand bitter gourd, and never ever thought that we can make so many recipes with that veggie :)

And coming to Voting :
Most authentic recipe: Uchche Posto Jhuri by Sandeepa
Best presented: Bitter Gourd Chips by Sia
Most creative recipe: BHARELA KARELA by MS

bee said...

thanks for this roundup of great karela recipes, dear pooja.

Nanditha Prabhu said...

this round up really got my watering!will be back to vote...

Cham said...

So many delicious recipes Pooja. They all look awesome....
My vote goes:
Most authentic recipe :Bitter Gourd crisp by Pravs (side dish)
Best presented( by picture shown here):B G Tamarind masala By Kalai
Most creative recipe: karela pulaov (One dish catego)

DK said...

Ok now my only question to you would be 'what should I make first from the list to make me start liking this vegetable!?;) ?

I know that it has immense benefits and aaaalll that, but..oh well no excuses! Never thought I wud do it ever but I am bookmarking this page to start my bitter oops pleasant experiences with Bitter guard :) thanks for the round up pooja.. :)

Kalai said...

Awesome round-up, Pooja!! For best pic, I say Sia for her baked bittergourd crisps. Most authentic Cham with bittergourd curry. Most creative Dhivya for bittergourd with eggs. Looking forward to congratulating the winners! :)

Siri said...

OMG, I had an impression that most of the ppl hate bittergourd like me.. seems like I had a very wrong notion hehe.. lovely array of dishes Pooja.

Reg ur question, yes its a bit confusing. but the thing is, u can send in any yellow colored dishes to the event before April 19th to Barbara. The ones which don't have a photo with the band on are not eligible for the photo competition. Thats all. So, are u planning to send one?..

Hope this info helps.

Siri

Medhaa said...

great round up will have to go through them more patiently to vote. Thank you.

Cynthia said...

I am in heaven with this round up!

Pearlsofeast said...

Pooja, wow what a great roundup. Nice to see so many varities of yummy bitter gourd dishes at one place.Every recipe seems to be rocking !!!!!!!!1

Bhawana said...

Sooooooooooooooo many bittergourd recipes. I never thought that bittergourd can be made in these many ways. Now a days I cook and take pics. Later forget to post them. These events force me to post now a days :). How are you doing?

andhraflavors said...

Wow great idea with Bitter gourd.

Lavi said...

Hi pooja..

best authentic--for kalai(bitter gourd with tamarind)

best creative..Dhivya(bitter gourd with eggs)

best presented..vineela(bitter gourd kozhambhu)

Swati Raman Garg said...

my vote - bitter gourd with egg... by dhivya.. for most creative recipe... i just couldnt participate in it.. but enjoyed the roundup

Nupur said...

Most creative: Bitter gourd peels thepla by Meera (what a nice use of something that is usually wasted).

Best presented: Bitter Gourd crisps by Pravs (the bright colors are jumping out at me).

Most authentic: there are so many awesome traditional dishes here...but since I get only one vote, I'll go with the bitter gourd gojju by Rupa because I am drawn to its sweet-tangy taste.

Archy said...

Hi, Pooja..
Lovely spread recipes of Bitter gourd !! Bookmarked UR post, for Bitter bitter recipes :P!!
Love UR events and specially voting part !! Appreciate UR interest, time and effort !! Great going Dear !!
Cheer & hugs to U :) !!

Nanditha Prabhu said...

tagged you:)

Daily Meals said...

Hi Pooja! Nice round up.

Dhivya said...

Most authentic recipe - Bitter Gourd curry by Cham

Best presented - Tetor Dal by asha

Most creative recipe - Bitter Gourd peels Thepla by Meera

Sig said...

Bittergourd is my favorite veggie.. and now I have one place to come and hunt for recipes :) Lovely round up Pooja!

Trupti said...

Thank you Pooja for wonderful round up..Wish I could vote for me for all categories :)
Here are my Votes
Most authentic recipe - Karela Masala by Jan
Best presented - Bitter Gourd Tamarind Masala By Kalai
Most creative recipe- Bitter Gourd Rasam by Sushma

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

pooja well done
such a nice collection to try out !

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

pooja well done
such a nice collection to try out !

Meera said...

Wonderful roundup, Pooja. Love it. So many delicious recipes! Great work.

Medhaa said...

Hi my votes:

Most Aunthentic : Bitter gourd gojju by Rupa

Best Presented: Uchche Posto Jhuri -- Bitter Gourd fried with Poppy seed paste by Sandeepa

Most Creative: Bitter gourd with eggs By Dhivya

bhagyashri said...

Hi Pooja,
I would vote for Bittergourd crisps by Pravs for the best presented, Spicy Karela nuts by Srivalli for the creative and Karela Dhokli nu shak for the Authentic recipe.

ranji said...

most authentic recipe-dheeve humman by nanditha

best presented - bittergourd basket is thick gravy by lavi

most creative recipe - bittergourd peels thepla by meera

Meera said...

My Votes -
Best presented - Asha's Karela Stir Fry.

most creative - Trupti's Karela ragi uttapa

ms said...

Hi pooja, maf karjo, Modu thai gayu! Here is my vote,
Bitter gourd peels thepla by Meera Most creative recipe
Kakarakaya Podi by Deepika
for most authentic recipe
Bittergourd tamarind masala by Kalai for Best Picture
thanks for hosting VoW Bittergourd.
aavjo

Pooja said...

Thank you all for appreciating and liking Bitter gourd round up. All your effort made it a real success .
A special thanks to all voters - who spend time to go through recipes and voted for each category .
Now as you all know we have tie for 2 categories , please vote for your favorite among them from the poll widget in the side bar . Results will be declared after poll ends. Thank you all.

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Hey Pooja
I am really late here but came in just to keep my promise.. I dont know whether my vote will be counted in or not as I am really late ...nevertheless
I really like the lovely varieties that have been created and showcased here

Coming to voting
Most authentic recipe: Uchche Posto Jhuri by Sandeepa
Best presented: Bitter Gourd Chips by Sia
Most creative recipe: Thepla by Meera

Best wishes to you always!!

Naturalnightdew said...

Woowww, is all I can say...This is a great place to get all the recipe on bitter gourd.I have featured your post in my blog on bitter gourd....

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