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Karela masala by Chef Sonali

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  Karela 4
  Red chilli powder 2 Teaspoon
  Cumin powder 2 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste
  Coriander powder 2 Tablespoon
  Dry mango powder 2 Tablespoon
  Turmeric powder 1 Teaspoon
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Onions 1 Cup (16 tbs), sliced thick
  Tomato puree 1 Cup (16 tbs)

Clean, wash and wipe karela absolutely dry. Remove half a centimeter from both ends. Slit and keep aside. Mix red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, dry mango powder, turmeric powder and salt. Stuff the karela/bittergourd with this masala. Keep the left-over masala separately. Heat oil in a kadai. Add sliced onions and cook for 1/2 a minute. Add stuffed karela/bittergourd. Cook covered on low heat. Stir occasionally. Add
rest of the dry masala when karela/bittergourd is almost cooked. Add tomato puree. Cook covered on low heat till karela/bittergourd are fully cooked and tender.
Soak karela/bittergourd in salted water to reduce bitterness for 3-4 hours.
Ensure that you do not add any water to this vegetable.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Dry Curry
Vegan, Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
It is a popular indian cuisine
Tangy bittergourd

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Average: 3.9 (16 votes)

Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 215 Calories from Fat 94

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 11 g16.4%

Saturated Fat 1.2 g6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 175.1 mg7.3%

Total Carbohydrates 31 g10.3%

Dietary Fiber 12 g48.1%

Sugars 9.8 g

Protein 5 g9.5%

Vitamin A 41.8% Vitamin C 305.4%

Calcium 16.5% Iron 33.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


meghna's picture
Heyy Never thought karela could look so beautiful Will definitely try this recipe!
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Anonymous's picture
hey y Sonali your recipe is really great. Now i can try bitter gourde which i don't like. Thanks.
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
tongue -twisting recipe! member!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sonali's picture
Thank you for the compliment of STAR MEMBER.....REALLY LIKED IT!
Hyde.Ray's picture
I hear this stuff is bitter but tasty. like guys!
sonali's picture
YUP bittergourd masala is bitter but is tasty.
kapil.durga's picture
nice one
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editor's picture
This is a great recipe for gourmets. Does your son tries this or he sticks to potatoes?
sonali's picture
Thank you. My son - Arjun loves karela masala, he picks on the karela.
sumoanand's picture
nice one..
sonali's picture
Thank you!
Taryn's picture
Really good recipe. Karela's in general are very good for your health. 
sonali's picture
Thanks. Yes karela/bittergourd is really good for health.
shantihhh's picture
I am growing Karela in my garden so appreciate this recipe! I often just cut in thick slices and stuff it for soups so this is a nice change. Thank You! We love the flavour-bitter is great especially with chiles.
sonali's picture
thank you for appreciating my recipe.
veerpradeep's picture
Hey sonali great recipe.........!! Thanks for Sharing this recipe ..........!!
sonali's picture
thanks for your great comments.
sfehmi's picture
After you slit after cutting off the ends do you leave the seeds in or do you take these out ?
sonali's picture
I leave the seeds in.
shantihhh's picture
Karela is quite good for health especially for blood sugar! Also known as bitter melon or in Sanskrit, karela, this spiny plant which has a bitter taste helps regulate blood sugar levels, thus is used liberally amongst diabetic people. Its antidiabetic property is due to the presence of gurmarin, a polypeptide which has a chemical structure similar to that of bovine insulin. The presence of lectins help metabolize lipids, whereas alkaloids such as momordicine can treat blood diseases, scabies, itching, psoriasis, ringworm, fungal diseases, eye complications, hypertension, neuritis, defective metabolism of carbohydrates. It also demonstrates hypocholesteroemic activity and is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C and minerals such as iron.
sonali's picture
Thanks for adding more information. Very helpful.
sfehmi's picture
I have been taking the seeds out but will try with the seeds.
RituShukla's picture
i thnk u havnt mentioned when to add tomato puree.....i assume with the onions?
sonali's picture
i just included in the recipe.....u could add fresh tomato puree after onions but as I added canned tomato puree, I added towards the end.
RituShukla's picture
thanx..:)....this is the first time i hav come across karela recipe using tomato....will try it when i make karela next
Sarah Welch's picture
This recipe looks fantastic! But...I don't have any dry mango powder. Can I sub something? I do have some mango pulp. Could I add some of that?
Sampa's picture
I appreciate your bitter gourde recipe and I will try this recipe today.
Sampa's picture
Hi Sonali! The recipe is really tasty. I never thought that anybody could make such a nice menu with the sabji like bitter gourde!
Sampa's picture
I appreciate your bitter gourde recipe and I will try this recipe today.
sandyd's picture
Thank you very much for the recipe I am going to try on my day off. Thanks
umaima's picture
Hi, it is not neccessary to tie a thread as the stuffing will be secure since you only have to slit the kerelas and not cut them into half. If you still wish to tied a thread use any thick cotton thread.
rewa chadha's picture
hi sonali iam crazy for karelas but unfortunately when ever i make this they turn out very bitter.i haven't tried it with tomatoes,but will try acc. to ur receipe. any remedy to remove the bitterness,have tried marination of salt & haldi, dipped in sour curd but of no use.Pl. do reply on my mail i.d.Thanks.
keshav's picture
Hey sonali i always tried to cook karela but was getting very bitter,surely will try your recipe i love karela's a lot and especially stuffed one's they r really good for health,thanks for sharing this valuable recipe
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