Thursday, May 16, 2013


Karelas have many heath benefits specially for people with diabetes. When you make the sabzi do not throw away the peels. They can be used in many ways. We can so many things with them like karela juice with some coriander leaves for the added flavour, karela peels chutney, pickle, karela peels kachris etc etc..Today I am making pooris with the peels. 


For the Sabzi:
Karelas / bitter gourds .... 3-4
Onion ................ 1
Tomato ............ 1
Ginger garlic paste ... 1 tsp each
Green chillies ..... 1-2
Coriander leaves .. handful
Cumin seeds ...... 1 tsp
Asafoetida ....... a pinch
Turmeric powder .... 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder .... 1 tsp
Red chilli powder .... 1/4 tsp
Salt ...... to taste
Oil ..... 2-3 tbsps

1. Was the karelas and peel them. Set aside the peels for making pooris or rotis.
2. Cut them into round pieces and sprinkle some salt. Set aside for 2-3 hours. (you can also put a spoon of yogurt)
3. In a pan put oil and add the cumin seeds and asafoetida. Tip in the chopped onion and saute.
4. After a minute or two add the chopped tomato, green chillies and the ginger garlic paste.
5. Now add the salt, spice powders and the karelas. Stir to mix and simmer.
6. Sprinkle a little water to cook.Add the coriander leaves.

For the Pooris:
Wheat flour .. 1 cup
Salt to taste 
Chop the karela peels finely and stir fry them in a pan adding a little salt and spice powders.
 Add this to the wheat flour and knead the dough. I added coriander leaves also for flavour..
Roll our pooris and deep fry them or make rotis.

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  1. wow good one shobha ur karela sabzi looks better than mine and pls do put how u got the bitterness out of karela

    wud be really helpful as i m still struggling with that one

    thanks for linking

    1. Thanks Meena.. I soak the karelas in yogurt and salt overnight. The bitterness is not much after that

  2. Very new dish to me... Looks inviting !

  3. great way to stuff something that i dont prefer having on my plate...karela...

  4. I love bittergourd Shobha.. It is an absolute healthy vegetable.. Amazing pooris too.. Although I've never tried bittergourd with pooris :-)

  5. This karela sabzi is really very new to me... lovely..

  6. both the puri and the sabzi is very good and very delicious... bookmarking them both!!! Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

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