Karela ( My Mom Style)

I know I know its bitter but please don't make faces and try this out and I am sure some people would like and and the people who already like it will love it.


4 Medium size karela/ Bitter Gourd

2 Large onions chopped length wise
2 Large Tomatoes cut in cubes
2 Tspn Red Cilli powder
2 Tbspn Coriander powder
2 Tspn Cumin Powder
1 Tspn Amchoor powder
1/2 Tspn Garam Masala
1/2 Tspn Turmeric
3 Tbspn Salt 
Oil to cook
Salt to sprinkle 

  1. Wash and cut the Karela/ Bitter Gourd in a round shape. Now take this in a big bowl which has a cover pour it the uncooked cut Karela/ Bitter Gourd in it.
  2. Add the 3 Tbspn of salt and cove the lid of the bowl. Now shake it well so that the Karela get coated with the salt. Do this a night before you want to make karela/ Bitter Gourd or at least give it a time of 7-8 Hours.
  3. Next day wash the salt soaked karela/ Bitter Gourd nicely to remove all the salt and bitterness from it. 
  4. Now heat oil in a pan (Kadhai) and deep fry the karela/ Bitter Gourd and keep aside on a kitchen tissue to soak access oil form it.
  5. Once all the pieces are deep fried. Empty some of the oil leaving some for cooking.
  6. Add onions to the remaining oil and fry till golden brown, then add tomatoes and let it leave the pulp completely.
  7. To this add the fried karela/ Bitter Gourd mix well and cover it with a lid for 2mins.
  8. Then add all the spices to it and mix well. After its mixed taste for the level of salt in it  (remember we have soaked the Karela in salt) and the if required add more salt. 
  9. Now add Amchoor, cover with a lid and let it cook in the spices for 10-12mins untill it starts leaving the Oil.
  10.  After 12mins Karela is ready serve with Chapatti or Paratha.


  • Make sure to wash the salt soaked Karela well to remove the bitterness.
  • Karela/ Bitter Gourd is a healthy diet for Diabetic people.


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