Recipe – Khatta Mitha Karela / Bitter Gourd


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4


  • Karela (Bitter Gourd): 4 medium sized
  • Mustard Oil: ½ tablespoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon or to taste
  • Cumin seeds: 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder: ½ Teaspoon
  • Red chili powder: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala Powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Tamarind paste: 1 tablespoon
  • Jaggery (gud): 1 tablespoon


  • Trim the karelas and cut into thin circular pieces.
  • Wash them in water and drain the water.
  • Add salt and turmeric powder and leave this in a bowl for 15-20 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds. When it changes color, add Karela pieces with salt and turmeric. Stir and cover for 6-7 minutes in medium heat. Karelas should be almost (90%) cooked.
  • Add tamarind paste, jaggery, coriander powder, garam masala powder and red chili powder and cook for 7-8 minutes in low heat. Stir occasionally.
  • Serve.

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