Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pur Bhara KaNkrole (Spiny gourd stuffed with paneer)

KaNkrole (Biological name Momordica Dioica, commonly known as spiny gourd.). My love for KaNkrole dates back to my childhood. Even today I always keep an eye open for the sweet cousin of the bitter karela. In Bengali it is known as KaNkrole or ghee-kawrola . Why ghee, don’t ask me.  I have tried finding answer to the question – to no avail. If you have, do let me know. In Maharashtra its known as Kantole´.  I love it by any name, any form and while my mom used to stir fry it, I have tried making a stuffed version to bring in a little variation.

Pur Bhara KaNkrole (Spiny gourd stuffed with paneer)

KaNkrole: 4/5

For the stuffing:
Oil: 1 tsp
Jeera: a pinch
Paneer: 100 g
Chilly pdr: ½ tsp
Roasted jeera pdr: ½ tsp
Amchur pdr:

For the batter:
Besan: 1 table spoon
Rice powder : 1 table spoon
Salt: ½ tsp
Chilly pds: ½ tsp

How to:
Step 1: Cut the  KaNkrole lengthwise into half. Scour out the seeds, chop them and preserve.

Step 2: Smear a little salt and turmeric and keep aside.
Step 3: Mix all the ingredients of the batter with water and whip well in a mixing bowl. The viscosity should be of a cake batter. Not too flowy.
Step 4: Heat oil, throw in the jeera
Step 5: Throw in the scraped and chopped KaNkrole inners, with a little salt and turmeric. When they are done, add the paneer, chilly pdr, amchur pdr and the roasted jeera pdr, stir well and remove. Our stuffing is ready.
Step 6: Fill in the cooled stuffing, dip in the batter and shallow fry both sides in a non-stick pan.

Done ! Great with Dal rice or as an accompaniment with khichdi. I also like to have it just like that…..or may be with a cup of hot chai…


  1. Jhimly I was smiling while reading your post, as I too made this stuffed kankrol few days back with different stuffing and clicked photos also. Will post soon.
    Btw Liked the stuffing here. It tastes heaven with rice and dal as bhaja
    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. @Deepa: LOL I know this happens:) It happened with me a few days back, just as I logged on to blogger to post my alu-potoler dalna, I saw Bong mom's posted it just a few minutes back ! Never mind, each dish tastes different in different household; would love to see your version of the stuffed kaNkrole ! :)


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