Aloo Bhare Karele (bitter Gourd Stuffed With Potato)
I have some sweet childhood memories associated with this side dish. My best friend Poonam’s father was in Army and they used to stay in Ballygunj Military Camp. Life at camp is a little different. All the amenities like play grounds, grocery even school is within the campus so as a kid, you have limited interaction with outside people. For me the best thing was the greenery of the place. I used to go to her place quite often. During weekends they sometimes used to have family lunch. Where each family used to cook one dish and then share it with others. Poonam’s family was vegetarian and Aunty used to cook awesome vegetarian dishes. One of Poonam’s favorite was ‘ Aloo Bhare Karele’’.I have had it so many times in my childhood that I never bothered to cook it myself. But now, since I have lost contact with her, cooking this recipe is a way to recall these memories.