Karela Basar

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Karela Basar

Half of the visitors arriving here would run away, for sure, after reading the name of this post…..Coz; that’s a normal reaction I expect from people who just can’t stand the bitterness of karela (bittergourd). But this post is for those other half, who will stay and would actually read the recipe…Kudos for them(bravo !).

This is the simplest, basic recipe for making bittergourds and a bit of modification, like adding sliced potatoes, would actually save you from making additional dish for those fussy eaters who refuse to even have a look at these” bitter wonders”. They can enjoy potatoes in onion while you…The great karela lover… can relish your karelas .

Karela Basar
Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 2-3
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Bitter gourd, karela recipe, easy to cook and it actually tastes delicious.
  • Bitter gourds (karela) 250 gm
  • Onion 3 large
  • Tomatoes 2 small sized
  • Salt
  • Green chillies 2-3
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder 1tspn
  • Garam masala powder ½ tsp
  • Oil 2-3 tsp
  1. Wash, peel and slit bitter gourds.
  2. Put some salt and keep them aside for few hours
  3. Now rinse them with some water and fry them in LITTLE oil, till  light golden colour
  4. Now use this oil, to cook onions which are sliced, until soft and pink
  5. Add chopped tomatoes, green chillies, ginger and some salt
  6. Let  the mixture cook till onions are very soft and brown in colour
  7. Now add fried karelas, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and cook further on low flame
  8. If required, add few spoons of water and cook till karelas absorb the flavour of spices and turn soft
  9. Mostly sliced potatoes, that are slightly fried, are added with karelas, which are supposed to reduce the bitterness or karela.Moreover the kids wont refuse to eat this vegetable, when they see some potato slices peeping through the mixture of karela and onions;-)
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7 thoughts on “Karela Basar

  1. i want Sindhi recipe for karela basar. karela cut into slices

  2. I, too, thought these were whole karela pakodas when I saw the pic- such a nice golden; then I realized these were peeled. They would’ve fooled me into eating them as a child for sure! But I love karela…in any way shape or form, and I’ll give this dish a try next time.

  3. So perfect, I love this recipe, will make this next time around i shop for karela. I love karela, waiting for my kids to grow older to start eating it as well. BTW, I am hosting a ONE DISH MEAL EVENT, I would love for you to participate. The details are in my site. Looking forward to an entry from you.

  4. I can promise you that I will never run away from karaila (bitter gourd) it is one of my absolute favourite vegetables. You can cook it daily and I will eat it. I particularly like it sauteed with shrimp (like a dry curry) and eaten with dhal and rice. Ummmm, now I am having cravings.

    Your presentation is very appetizing.

  5. i am a karela lover and i actually love its bitter taste. some rare creature han? 😉
    first i thought you stuffed poatatoes in karela and coated it with besan and deep fried. then close inspection and recipe revealved that u have peeled it. guess i need to go to my eye doctor again 😉 looks delicious alka. i would love to give this dish a try pretty soon.

  6. This looks great, since we have started eating karelas will make this the next time.

  7. Wow, I thought it was some kind of smoked duck legs or something. I have never seen nor tasted bitter gourd, heard a lot about it, though…
    You have a few really cool recipes that I would probably never put into my mind. A salty mint drink with fried besan balls? WOw…
    I might moan here, but I would do anything for a bite if these. I am extremly curious, particularly with food.

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