Kakarakaya Vellullikaram

Stuffed Karela/ Bittergourd Curry with Garlic (Kakarakaya Vellullikaram)

I am always looking for new ways of cooking bitter gourd, so when I saw this recipe on a Telugu cooking show I promptly noted it down. Then my sister asked me a recipe for stuffed karela and I gave her this recipe and they totally loved it. After hearing the feedback I decided to make it myself and she was right, this is a delicious stuffed karela recipe. One thing I learnt from this recipe is we don’t need baby bitter gourd to make stuffed curry. Just use regular sized ones and cut them into chunks. Remove the seeds…

Turkish Sarma — Stuffed Grape Leaves (Vegetarian recipe)

I had these stuffed grape leaves at my Turkish friend’s house for the first time. Her mom had brought grape leaves from Turkey and made these for us. I have never tasted anything like these before and really liked them. So when I was planning my Turkish menu, I wanted to give these a try too. I am lucky to have Turkish grocery stores very close to my house. So after a quick trip to the store, I was equipped with a big can of grape leaves. The stuffing/ filling is like tomato rice and is very flavorful and tasty…