Tuesday, May 3, 2022



This is a very easy and tasty karela recipe that can be served as a side dish with rotis. Karela is one of the healthiest vegetables in the food kingdom and it should be included in our diet.

 There are many recipes that you can try out with them like Karela Stir-fry

You may like this non spicy version Sindhi Style Karelas with caramelized onions  

Even the peels can be used in many ways. Don't ever throw them away. - Make karela Pooris and sabzi with the peels  You can also make pickles with them. Karela peels pickle

Can you believe that a dessert also can be made with this bitter fruit. Try it sometime. Karele Ka Halwa 

Why we should eat Karelas or Bitter Gourds ?

Karela is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  It is low in calories and rich in vitamin A and vitamin C.  It is a well known fact that Karela is good for diabetics. Apart from that it is good for skin and hair, good for digestion and is a blood purifier. It also helps in healing the wounds and energises the body. 

Karelas / bitter gourds ..... 4-5 
Onions .............................. 4 medium or 6 small (finely chopped)
Oil ................................... 5-6 tbsps
Salt .................................. as needed
Tomato ............................ 1
Green chillies ................. 2
Ginger ........................... 1 " piece (peel and grate)
Garlic ............................ 1 pod (peel and crush)
Yogurt ....................... 4-5 tbsps
Turmeric powder ..... 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder .... 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder ......... 1 tsp
Coriander powder .... 1 tsp
Coriander leaves ...... handful 

1. Wash the karelas very well. Dice them into small pieces with the skin. 
2. Marinate them with little salt and yogurt. Set aside for few hours or overnight.
3. Heat oil and fry the marinated karelas until golden brown.
4. In the same oil tip in the ginger and garlic. Saute a bit.
5. Now add the onions and saute them until translucent.
6. Next add the chopped tomato and green chillies. Add little salt on the tomato pieces and cook until they are soft. 
7. Now time to add the spice powders ( turmeric, chilli cumin and coriander powders)
8. Give them a quick stir and add the fried karelas. 
9. Stir everything well and simmer on low flame until done stirring a couple of times in between. (No water required)
10. Garnish with coriander leaves.

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This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We have completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )
This month the Alphabet is K - I made Karele ki Bhurji 

Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)

A - Adraki Aloo  (Baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D - Farali Dahi Chawal ( Barnyard Millet Curd Rice / Samak ke Dahi Chawal )
E - Elaichi Cup Cakes ( Cardamom flavoured cup cakes )
F - False ke Biscuits ( Lemon Currant Cookies )
G - Gud Wale Pohe (Sweet Flattened Rice Flakes with jaggery)
H - Hare Dhaniye ki Sabzi ( Fresh Coriander stir fry )
I - Imli Gosht ( Hyderabadi style tangy Mutton Curry)
J - Jowar ke Phulke (Sorghum Flour Flatbreads)
K - Karele ki Bhurji ( Diced Bitter Gourd Stir fry)
L - Lehsun Ka Achar ( Garlic Pickle )
M - Moong Dal with Sarson ( Moong lentils with mustard greens)
N - Neembu Gud Ki Shikanji ( Indian Summer Drink with Lemon )

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  1. The karela burji recipe is fantastic. We love karela at home so adding another way to make it sounds perfect.

  2. Most people have a love or hate relationship with Karele. They either love it or hate it. I do like it when cooked with jaggery. I will definitely try this version too.

  3. for karela fans this is a must try ! liked the texture of the bhurji !

    1. Yes dear, you are right and thank you for liking.

  4. Karela is my all time favorite , never tried this with marination, would surely love to try it..!!
    Thanks shobha for sharing such a healthy recipe

  5. I love karela, we usually make the stuffed one. This burji style looks more tempting and easier style too. Would love to eat with roti and side raita.

    1. Karela is my favourite too. I make it in many ways. Bhurji style is easier. Do try it sometime.


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