Friday, July 1, 2011


Whenever you make karela sabzi do not throw the peels. We can use them in many ways... one of them is making a spicy chutney..

Karela peels .... 1 bowl ( Peels of 3 small karelas)
Onion.............. 1 small
Green chillies ... 6-8
Garlic ............. 8-10 pods
Ginger ............ 1 small piece
Mint leaves ..... handful ( optional)
Curry leaves ... 1 sprig
Coriander seeds .... 1 tsp
Cumin seeds ......... 1 tsp
Chana dal ............. 1 tsp
Urad dal .............. 1 tbsp.
Tamarind ............ lemon sized
Asafoetida ........ a pinch
Red chilli powder .... 1/2 tsp
Salt .................. to taste
Jaggery ........... 1-2 tsp. ( according to your taste)
Oil ........ 4 tbsps.


1. Heat 2 tbsps. oil and fry the karela peels.

2. After 2-3 minutes add the onion and whole garlic. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes and put the curry leaves mint and tamarind lump ( no need to soak it), salt and jaggery. Stir for a minute and switch off the gas and let it cool.

3. In a different pan dry roast the dals and coriander and cumin seeds.
4. Grind the dry masala first and tip in the fried ingredients. Grind the chutney adding a very little water if required.
5. Heat 2 tbsps. oil and add asafoetida and red chilli powder. Mix it into the chutney. You may add mustard seeds also if you like. ( Add or reduce chillies according to your liking )
This stays good in the refrigerator for a few days. If you need to preserve it for a longer period, add more oil to the chutney while tempering

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  1. Prescribing more interesting .. did not know has to be good.Greetings MARIMI

  2. Nice way to use karela, healthy recipe idea.

  3. Very interesting and healthy chutney, never prepared bittergourd peels this way..

  4. Wow you made Karela Chutney.. May be its Karela time, I just posted Karela Dal in my blog..

  5. wow, so unusual, yet looks superb.

  6. Wow Shobha,karela chutney sounds so much fun,I had no clue we could make karela chutney with the peels,my mom used to make the sindhi ,"kutti" with the karela peels,wait till I tell her about this :)

    1. Kutti sounds interesting .. never made it with karela peels

  7. Wow That looks truly delicious - chutney with karela will be a first for me when I try it thanks for sharing this recipe :)

  8. I am a bit apprehensive about making chutney out of karela peels.That's the only veggie I don't like.

    1. Ok.. maybe try it once .. karela is good for health

  9. Wow never heard of this chutney.I would have thought the peel would make it bitter. Interesting recipe.

    1. Not really Nayna.. the spices added to it take away the bitterness.


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