Karela masala (Bitter gourd curry)

Karela masala

Bitter gourd vegetable made tasty by this easy recipe.

Ingredients

  • Bittergourd - 4 nos (medium size)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Garam masala - 1 teaspoon
  • Grated jaggery - 2 tablespoons
  • Tamarind juice - 2 teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Few coriander leaves
  • Oil - 4 tablespoons
  • FOR MASALA
  • Onions - 2 nos
  • Tomatoes - 4 nos
  • Coriander seeds - 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic cloves - 8 to 10
  • Green chillies - 3 nos
  • A small piece of ginger

Method

Step 1

Deseed and cut the bittergourd into small pieces. Apply little salt to bittergourd pieces and set aside for half an hour.

Step 2

Squeeze the water from the bittergourd slices.

Step 3

Stir fry the bittergourd slices till golden brown. Set aside.

Step 4

Stir fry masala ingredients and grind them to a smooth paste by adding little water.

Step 5

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add the ground masala, salt (add very little salt, since salt was already applied to bittergourd pieces) turmeric powder, tamarind juice and cook on a low flame for 6 to 7 minutes.

Step 6

Add bittergourd pieces, grated jaggery and garam masala and mix well.

Step 7

Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes till bittergourd pieces are well blended with the spices and gravy becomes of a medium consistency.

Step 8

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis.

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