Recipe for Fried Bitter Melon / Gourd (Bhuna Karela)

Post my snacks recipe; I bring you my mother-in-law’s recipe of Fried Bitter Melon or Bhuna karela, which is easy to cook & good for health as well. Karela comes in many different varieties and is similar in shape to a cucumber. In the Indian grocery stores in the US, you’ll find the Indian, dark green, spiky variety, while in the Asian stores, you’ll find the lighter-green bitter-melons that are larger with a bumpy peel.

Fried Bitter Melon Recipe

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Recipe for Fried Bitter Melon / Gourd (Bhuna Karela)

Benefits of this dish

  • Low in calories
  • Stimulates the appetite
  • Cleanses the liver
  • Purifies the blood

Preparation time: 10mins (20-30 mins more if you keep the sliced karela with salt)

Fried Bitter Melon

  • Cooking: 15 mins
  • Servings: 2
  • Ingredients
  • Bitter Melon                               3-4
  • Onion                                          Two Medium (sliced)
  • Green Chili                                  Two sliced
  • Salt                                               ¼ teaspoon
  • Cayenne Pepper                         ¼ teaspoon
  • Amchur                                     ¼ teaspoon

Preparation of the Bitter Melon or Bhuna Karela

Wash the melon in running water; Peel & slice them. I advise keeping the melon & hull (Chilaka) (sprinkle salt all over) for half an hour to avoid the sour taste (it’s optional). Rinse in water & then use for cooking.

Fried Bitter Melon Recipe Karela

Preparation of the Vegetable:

We need to mix salt, cayenne pepper & amchur and sprinkle the same on bitter melon. Post this fry the bitter melon, hull (add the mixture of salt, cayenne pepper, amchur while frying) & onion; green chili separately till all turns brown. Once the same is done, mix all the ingredients & sauté for two-three minutes. It can be served with Chapatti, Parantha; the same can be served as a side vegetable or accompaniment with kadhi-chawal /dal rice & Raita.

I hope you were able to follow all the instructions and the recipe to make your favorite Fried Bitter Melon / Gourd (Bhuna Karela). I would suggest you make this at least once a week as it’s very beneficial for health. Even if your kids dont love karela, they should like it with these spices.

About Nidhi Paul

Who wants to bring Indian culture, Food, and her thoughts together to give the best India has and what we can learn from Indians and Indian aspects.

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