Healthy Karela Sabzi Recipe | Dry Bitter Gourd Curry

by Rachna
karela sabzi recipe

Karela or bitter gourd is commonly consumed in India. It has a variety of health benefits and is prepared in many ways. This quick karela sabzi is a stir fry that is quite tasty with rotis. It is also my go-to recipe when I need to make a quick karela stir-fry.

karela sabzi recipe

Health Benefits of Karela:

Karela is good for

1. Boosting Immunity

2. Reducing and regulating blood sugar

3. Good for skin and hair

4. Aiding weight loss

5. overall health

It is rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, folates, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and dietary fiber.

How to Prepare Karela Before cooking:

karela sabzi recipe

Karela or bitter gourd needs a bit of preparation before cooking. Unlike bharwan karela for which you need to scrape the karela, for simple karela sabzi, you need to wash and chop karela into small pieces. Make sure that you discard all the seeds within. Now add about a tsp. of salt. Mix well and leave aside for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes your karela would have released water. Wash it well and discard the water. Now your karela is ready to cook.

This method helps in removing the bitterness to a great extent from the karelas. If your karela is very bitter. Then you can apply both salt and some tamarind paste to the karela pieces. This will help in further reduction of the bitterness. Wash and use after half an hour.

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Here’s my simple karela sabzi recipe:

Ingredients:

4 big karelas chopped into small pieces

2 onions finely chopped

½ tsp. turmeric powder

1 tsp. cayenne or chilli powder

1 tsp. garam masala powder

½ tsp. coriander powder

1 tbsp. tamarind paste or 1.5 tsp. dry mango powder

2 tsp. oil

Salt to taste

Recipe:

Chop and prepare the karela as explained above by applying salt and keeping aside for about 30 minutes. Then wash and use.

karela sabzi recipe

Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onions and karela pieces together. Cook for about 15 minutes on low flame till the onions are golden brown and karela gets softer.

Add turmeric, chilli powders and coriander powder and mix well.

Cook covered for about 10 minutes till your karela is well cooked. Now add the tamarind paste or dry mango powder along with some salt and garam masala. Taste before adding salt as you have already treated karela with salt earlier.

Taste and adjust seasoning. Your karela sabzi is ready to serve.

Pro Tips:

Do remember to pre-treat your karela before cooking.

Use green and fresh looking karelas for cooking.

You can use dry mango powder in place of tamarind paste.

You can reduce the chilli powder if you want to reduce the heat in your sabzi.

You can add a little water in case your sabzi becomes too dry while cooking. This will help prevent it from sticking to the bottom.

The onions must be slow cooked so that they become caramelized. This gives a lovely sweet taste to the karele ki sabzi.

karele ki sabzi

Your dry karela sabzi or dry bitter gourd curry is ready to serve. Have it as a side with rotis, parathas and dal. It is delicious in a homely way.

karela sabzi recipe

Easy Karela Sabzi Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This is a simple and easy homestyle karela sabzi recipe. This bittergourd stir fry is easy to make and nutritious. Do try.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish, Side Dish/Accompaniment
Cuisine Indian, North Indian | Uttar Pradesh | Punjabi
Servings 4 people
Calories 81 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 4 big karelas chopped into small pieces
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne or chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp. tamarind paste or 1.5 tsp. dry mango powder
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Chop and prepare the karela as explained above by applying salt and keeping aside for about 30 minutes. Then wash and use.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onions. Cook for about 10 minutes on low flame till the onions are golden brown. Add karela pieces and mix together.
  • Add turmeric, chilli powders and coriander powder and mix well. Cook covered for about 10-15 minutes till your karela is well cooked.
  • Now add the tamarind paste or dry mango powder along with some salt and garam masala. Taste before adding salt as you have already treated karela with salt earlier.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning. Your karela sabzi is ready to serve.

Notes

Do remember to pre-treat your karela before cooking.
Use green and fresh looking karelas for cooking.
You can use dry mango powder in place of tamarind paste.
You can reduce the chilli powder if you want to reduce the heat in your sabzi.
You can add a little water in case your sabzi becomes too dry while cooking. This will help prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
The onions must be slow cooked so that they become caramelized. This gives a lovely sweet taste to the karela sabzi.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Karela Sabzi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 447mg13%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 987IU20%
Vitamin C 87mg105%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Damyanti -

5 stars
Filing this one for AFTER the lockdown!

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Rachna -

Thanks Damyanti

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Vinitha -

We never buy bitter gourd. Both my husband and I dislike the taste of this vegetable. But I do eat the dish at my friend’s’ place and when my mom cooks it. This recipe looks very easy. I will try it and trick my husband into eating (if that’s possible) 🙂

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Rachna -

hehe I doubt you can trick him into eating karela 😉

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Shantala -

5 stars
I’m not the biggest fan of karela, but this looks interesting. And the health benefits cannot be denied.

Will share with my cousin who will love this recipe.

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Rachna -

Thanks Shantala. I have loved karela since childhood especially the bharwan one.

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Esha -

We do have Karela regularly at home though it’s only me and my mom who love it. Husband and son don’t. Never tried it with onion. Will try this next time. We usually do a tadka of hing and zeera and then, add the chopped karela, along with turmeric, coriander and red chili powder. After stir-frying it with the masala, when it is almost done, we add amchur and then, take it off the heat.

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Parul -

5 stars
I so needed a karela recipe. Glad I got this, Rachna. Will try and let you know. 🙂

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Rachna -

Thanks Parul

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