Bitter gourd / karela recipes – Bitter gourd fry & Bitter gourd onion curry

So many people won’t show interest in eating this super healthy vegetable bitter gourd because of its bitter taste. Though it won’t give much taste but it is very good for health. Bitter gourd is called with different names in different languages like kakara kayi (telugu), Karela (hindi), Pavakkai (tamil) and kaippakka (malayalam). Bitter gourd is one of the best foods that help to improve diabetics and toxemia conditions. Drinking of bitter gourd juice will reduce the diabetics. Bitter gourd will be pale green in color and also in darker green. The bitter gourd plants are usually grown in hot and humid climates so these are well commonly found in the Asian countries.

Bitter gourd vegetable is very often in our house. Due to bitter taste I used to avoid before but after tasting these two bitter gourd fry and bitter gourd sweet onion curry I became a fan of the bitter gourd. I did not find much bitter taste while eating these dishes. So why can’t you prepare these two items at your kitchen? I have used little onions and some regular Indian masala spices for preparing this tasty curry. Adding of onions and jaggery gives sweetness in dish. This takes away the bitterness and allows you to taste the dish.

Bitter gourd fry / karela fry
Bitter gourd fry acts as a great side dish for dal or sambar. I have added onions for killing the bitterness of the bitter gourd. Soaking the bitter gourd in salt and turmeric will removes some more bitterness. I did not remove the peel of bitter gourd for making this dish because the taste lies in the peel.

Bitter gourd fry / karela fryBitter gourd fry1

Preparation time: 10mins

Cooking time: 20mins

Serving: 4

Ingredients

Bitter gourd fry ingredients

  • Bitter gourd – ¼ kg
  • Onions – 2
  • Tempering seeds – 2tbsp
  • Oil – 6tbsp
  • Salt (required)
  • Red chili powder – 1 tbsp
  • Garlic cloves – 5
  • Turmeric – ½ tbsp
  • Curry leaves

How to Make

Step 1: Wash the bitter gourd with fresh water.

Step 2: Now cut the bitter gourd into small pieces as show in the image. (Remember don’t peel the bitter gourd because it is good for health and gives taste).

bitter gourd into small pieces

 

Step 3: Take the bitter gourd pieces into a bowl.

Step 4: Add ½ tbsp of salt and ½ tbsp of turmeric to the bitter gourd pieces.

turmeric to the bitter gourd

 

Step 5: Mix it well and keep the bowl a side.

keep the bowl a side.

 

Step 6: Chop the onions and collect them into a plate. Keep it a side.

onions and collect

 

Step 7: Take a pan on stove and give a medium flame.

Step 8: Add oil and heat it. After oil getting hot add tempering seeds.

oil getting hot

 

Step 9: Fry them for 2 minutes and add bitter gourd pieces. Fry it for 10 mins in low flame.

add bitter gourd pieces

 

Step 10: Add onions to the bitter gourd pieces.

Add onions to the bitter gourd pieces

 

Step 11: Mix them both well.

Step 12: Add red chili powder and garlic cloves (give a hit to the cloves before putting them into the curry).

red chili powder and garlic cloves

 

Step 13: After 5 mins turn off the flame and collect the bitter gourd fry into a serving bowl.

Tasty bitter gourd fry is ready. Those who don’t like the taste of bitter gourd you can add sugar after the fry is ready.

Bitter gourd onion curry
One of my favorite dishes is bitter gourd onion curry which is sweet too. Bitter gourd is cooked before with tamarind, salt and turmeric later dried in the sun for 2 hours. Why I have dried in sun is we need to add the bitter gourd without making any small pieces, so if we dried the bitter gourds in sun won’t allow the pieces spoil while cooking and remains as it is. Added jaggery grate for more sweetness. Sure your kids will like to it this healthy bitter gourd onion curry.

Bitter gourd onion curry

Bitter gourd onion curry

Preparation time: 30mins

Cooking time: 15mins

Serving: 6

Ingredients

Bitter gourd onion curry ingredients

  • Bitter gourd – ½ kg
  • Onions (big size) – 2
  • Tamarind – 10grms
  • Turmeric – 1tbsp
  • Red chili powder – 2tbsp
  • Curd – 4tbsp
  • Dry coconut – 25grms
  • Tempering seeds – 3tbsps
  • Cuming seeds -1 tbsp
  • Jaggery grate – 4tbsps
  • Oil – ½ cup
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt(required)

How to Make

Step 1: Wash the bitter gourd nicely with fresh water.

Step 2: Take a thick bottom vessel and add washed bitter gourds to it.

Step 3: Add curd, salt, tamarind and turmeric to it.

curd, salt, tamarind and turmeric to it

 

Step 4: Keep the vessel as it is on the stove and give medium flame.

Step 5: Add ½ tea glass of water to the vessel.

Step 6: Close the vessel with lid and cook it till the water absorbs.

vessel with lid and cook

 

Step 7: Turn off the flame and collect the bitter gourds into a plate.

flame and collect the bitter gourds

 

Step 8: Keep the cooked bitter gourds in a sun for 2 hours.

Step 9: Take a pan on stove and add oil to it.

pan on stove and add oil

 

Step 10: Give a medium flame. After oil getting hot add bitter gourd pieces which are dried in the sun into this hot oil.

Step 11: Fry the bitter gourds nicely in oil.

bitter gourds nicely in oil.

 

 

Step 12: Meanwhile cut the dry coconut into small pieces and grind it into a fine powder.

dry coconut

dry coconut pieces

dry coconut powder

 

Step 13: In the same coconut powder jar add onions (half pieces), jaggery grate, red chili powder, salt, curry leaves and cumin seeds.

coconut powder jar

 

Step 14: Grind it into a fine paste.

Grind it into a fine paste

 

Step 15: Now collect the fried bitter gourd pieces into a plate.

Step 16: In the same oil add tempering seeds.

same oil add tempering seeds

 

Step 17: Fry the tempering seeds and add remaining onions to it.

tempering seeds

 

Step 18: Fry till golden brown. Now add the paste masala which we grinded before.

paste masala

 

Step 19: Add curry leaves and mix all with onions. Fry it for 5 mins.

Step 20: Now put the fried bitter gourds into the pan containing mixture.

fried bitter gourds

 

Step 21: Mix the bitter gourds into the masala mixture nicely.

Step 22: After 2 mins turn off the flame and collect it into a serving bowl.

flame and collect

 

Tasty bitter gourd onion sweet curry is ready to taste.

Bitter gourds are having low in calories but huge nutrients. Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and C, phosphorous, manganese, zinc and folate are rich in bitter gourd. Bitter gourd is filled with rich fibers. One of the compounds in bitter gourd called as polypeptide P helps the diabetic patients and acts as insulin. Bitter gourd consists of lot of health benefits like treats blood disorders, reduces diabetes mellitus, works for hangover, treats piles, and improves psoriasis and asthma.