Bitter gourd curry recipe with video – Karela, pavakkai, kakarakaya are the other Indian names to bitter gourd or bitter melon. Bitter gourd is used to make stir fry, chips, curry, pulusu/ stew, pickles and even to make pakora. I am sharing a simple bitter gourd curry recipe that can be served with plain white rice, brown rice, millets and even with chapati. This is a diabetic friendly recipe and even suitable for the aged since there is no usage of jaggery and tamarind as well.
This karela sabzi is not one from any regional cuisine but my own which I make in my own way but tastes very good, all without the addition of jaggery or sugar. I do not extract and discard the juice of karela either before making this curry, yet it tastes very very good. Probably its the way the curry is prepared that lends that unique taste.
There are not many bitter gourd recipes on the blog yet except this bitter gourd stir fry which you may like to check.
Bitter gourd curry recipe video
Bitter gourd curry recipe or karela sabzi recipe card
- 250 grams karela
- 2 tbsps oil
- ½ tsp cumin/ jeera
- 1 tsp saunf powder / fennel powder / sompu powder
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- Little turmeric or haldi
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- Salt as needed
- 1 medium to large onion chopped finely
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- Lemon juice as needed (I used half)
- Handful of coriander leaves
- Wash and slice bitter gourd thinly. You can also discard seeds if you prefer.
- Heat oil in a pan. Saute cumin until they crackle and add hing.
- Add chopped onions and curry leaves. Saute until they turn pink.
- Add bitter gourd slices and sprinkle salt. Saute for 2 to 3 mins.
- Cover and cook on a low heat until half cooked.
- Add fennel powder, cardamom powder, red chili powder.
- Cover and cook again on a very low heat until soft cooked. If the curry looks very dry sprinkle very little water. Check for spice and salt, if needed add more.
- Add coriander leaves and stir.
- Squeeze in the lemon juice and mix well.
- Transfer to a serving bowl.
- Serve bitter gourd curry with rice or roti.