Saturday, October 22, 2011

Karela Curry ( Bitter-gourd Curry)

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Karela Curry ( Bitter-gourd Curry)  ... Deep fried bitter-gourd slices cooked with onions, tomatoes & spices.

Karela Curry ( Bitter-gourd Curry)

* Serves : 6 - 8

Ingredients :
  • 1 kg. bitter-gourds ( Karelay ) 
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. fenugreek seeds ( methi dana )
  • 1/4 tsp. carom seeds (ajwaain )
  • 1/4 tsp. nigella seeds ( kalonji )
  • 350 gm. onions, thinly sliced
  • 250 gm. tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. red chillies powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt ( or to taste )
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
Method :
  • Wash & remove the skin from the bitter-gourds by scraping with a sharp knife.
  • Slit the bitter gourds lengthwise, making sure that they do not separate into two pieces.
  • Remove all the seeds & cut the bitter-gourds in thin slices.
  • Dust the bitter-gourds generously with salt and let it rest for at least 1 hour.
  • Squeeze out all the water, rinse the slices and keep aside.
  • Boil water in a pan with little turmeric powder.
  • Add sliced bitter-gourds and cook until they are sightly tender.
  • Drain water and keep them aside ( This step will remove some of the bitterness too ).
  • Heat oil in pan, fry bitter-gourd slices in batches till they turn crispy and light brown.
  • Remove from pan & keep aside.
  • Now, add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, carom seeds & nigella seeds to the oil in the pan.
  • Fry for few seconds, then add sliced onions and fry till they become soft.
  • Add tomatoes, red chillies powder, turmeric powder, salt, fried bitter-gourd pieces & green chillies.
  • Mix well, cover with a lid and cook on low heat for 5 minutes till tomatoes are soft.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves & serve with Roti / Chapati.

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    Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


    1. Hey Ambreen, this looks like a delicious mouthful! I have different recipes for Karela, and now I have one more. See, it's my hubby's favorite veggie. So, thank you!

    2. This dish of yours is mouth watering. I love indian food and it looks so easy to cook. Great recipe!

    3. OMG!!! amazing red color and nice and yummy bitter gourd curry. Bookmarked dear.

    4. awesome curry Ambreen. delicious and healthy.

    5. Very healthy and delicious looking karela curry.

      Hamaree Rasoi

    6. Wow, this looks fabulous! I love curry :) Thanks for sharing!

    7. delicious and colorful fry...

    8. Hi Ambreen,
      I have awarded you the Liebster Blog award. Please read my post to find out more about this.Congratulations!:)

    9. Wow...This looks super delicious Ambreen..We all at home love karela..Must try this one out :)
      Prathima Rao
      Parts Corner

    10. Thank you so much everyone for liking the recipe. That's my favorite, too. Hope you give it a try someday :)

      Thanks Sudha for visiting my blog & for the award too. So sweet of you :)

    11. Another delicious recipe from you! I wish I could taste your cookinng. Really interesting!!

    12. Very delicious preparation,Ambreen !!looks finger licking..

    13. What a tasty looking curry! So colourful!

      Just stopped by to let you know that I featured your mango ice-cream on my round tuit post this week!
      Round Tuit 72
      Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
      Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    14. I like karela and your curry looks delicious.

    15. Thank you so much Eftychia! I wish I could taste one of your lovely cakes :)

      Thank you so much Julie & Pushpa! I'm delighted to hear that you liked it :)

      Wow!!! Thank you so much Jill for being so encouraging :)

    16. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
      Hope you have a great week!
      Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    17. Your curry looks so delicious! I can almost smell this wonderful dish cooking. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a wonderful week and come back soon!
      Miz Helen

    18. This looks yummy! I am a new follower from Savvy Handmade Monday. Vicky from

    19. °º♫
      º° ✿♥ ♫° ·.
      Quanto à primeira receita, não temos Karela Curry ( Bitter-gourd Curry) no Brasil (temos um fruto chamado jiló, mas não sei se é a mesma coisa).
      Mas o post anterior... sorvete de manga...
      Temos várias espécies de mangas, amo sorvete de manga... é tudo de bom e saboroso.
      Boa semana!
      º° ✿♥ ♫° ·.

    20. This looks so good! The color is beautiful! I have just become a follower!

      Thanks for joining Potpourri Friday! I appreciate your participation and hope you will make it a weekly party stop!

    21. Thank you Jill :)

      Thank you so much Padhu, Miz Helen, Akeela for liking it :)

      Thank you so much Vicky for your nice comment & for the following :)

      Thank you so much Magia da Inês for your sweet comment. I think it is different from Scarlet Eggplant :)

      Thank you so much Honey for visiting & following. Glad you liked it :)

    22. Deep friec karela is the way to go ,good dish Ambreen :D.

    23. Looks damn colorful
      Wanna try this

    24. looks fabulous... very healthy..

    25. Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali.
      Very interesting and innovative recipe. Looks delicious and yummy.

    26. that looks super spicy and delicious :) And your arvi looks interesting too :)


    27. hi! Just wanted to let you know I'm featuring this recipe at my Tasty Tuesday Party this week! stop by and grab a featured button.

    28. Thank you so much Emily for featuring it. I'm so excited :)

    29. Nice delicious curry !! Thanks for linking to the event !! Appreciate it !!

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    Thank you for visiting and brightening my day with your sweet comments. I try my best to respond to your comments ASAP, though it might take some time to get back to you.

    Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

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