Karela Channa Dal Pulao
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bitter gourd and bengal gram pulao
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2
  • 1 and ½ cup basmati rice- soaked in water for 30 mins
  • ¾ cup finely chopped bitter gourd / karela
  • ¼ cup channa dal / Bengal gram
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 1 small tomato
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 4 tbsp curd / yogurt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  1. Mix little salt and 1 tbsp lemon juice with chopped bitter gourd and keep aside for 20 mins. Meanwhile, pressure cook dal with 1 cup water for 2 whistles. Remove from the heat and keep aside. Wash chopped bitter gourd and keep aside.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add chopped onions and green chilies. Cook for a minute on low-medium flame. Add chopped mint leaves and stir well.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and mash pulp. Now, Add ginger-garlic paste, cooked dal with left over water and mix well. Add bitter gourd and cook it covered for 5 mins.
  4. Add turmeric powder, chili powder and garam masala. Stir well everything and finally add yogurt. Cook it covered on low flame for 5-8 mins.
  5. Add 3 cup water and allow to boil. Now, Add drained rice and salt to taste. Mix well everything and cook it covered on low-medium flame till rice is done. Sprinkle lemon juice at the time of serving and serve hot with any curry of your choice.
Recipe by Jopreetskitchen at http://www.jopreetskitchen.com/2015/08/karela-channa-dal-pulao.html