naidufoodrecipes: Masaledar Karela

Monday, February 13, 2012

Masaledar Karela


  1. 3 karela (bitter gourd)
  2. 2 green chillies
  3. 1/2 tsp. ginger grated
  4. 1/2 tomato chopped
  5. 4-5 tamarind pieces inch long
  6. 1 stalk curry leaves
  7. 2-3 sprigs coriander chopped
  8. 1/2 tsp. each mustard & cumin seeds
  9. 1 tbsp. molasses or sugar
  10. 1 1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
  11. 1 tsp. dhania powder
  12. 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  13. 1/4 tsp. garam masala
  14. 2-3 pinches asafoetida
  15. salt to taste
  16. 1 tbsp. oil
  17. sour buttermilk to soak karela


Slice bitter gourd into thin discs. Soak in sour buttermilk for 4-5 hours. Drain, wash,sprinkle liberally with salt.

Keep aside for 1 hour. Rub slices well with hand, wash and drain. Boil in water till soft to touch, drain, wash again, drain, keep aside.
Heat oil in a heavy pan, add seeds, asafoetida, allow to splutter. Add curry leaves, ginger,tomato, chillies, tamarinds pieces. 

Stir and mix all dry masalas in 1/2 cup water to form a paste, add to pan. Cook till oil separates,add karela slices. Stir, add molasses.
Stir and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander. 

Serve hot or cold with chappaties.

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