Thursday, June 2, 2011

Karela Masala

My mom and dad will definitely be shocked to see this recipe on my blog. Yeah... There is no connection between me and bitter gourd. I used to be such a fuzzy eater when it comes to vegetables. But my taste buds took a roller coaster twist after marriage :-) I was wondering how to cook karela that will suit my taste buds as well as his. And adding a small piece of jaggery did all the trick.

Ingredients :

1. Bitter Gourd /Karela - 4
2. Onion - 1 medium finely chopped
3. Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
4. Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon (or per taste)
5. Turmeric - 1 teaspoon
6. Salt - as needed
7. Jaggery - 1 tablespoon
8. Garlic - 4 finely chopped
8. Oil - 2 teaspoons


1. In a hot kadai, add oil, add cumin seeds and wait till it splutters.
2. Now add onions and garlic, saute till the onions gets translucent.
3. Add turmeric, salt and chilli powder and saute it for a couple of seconds.
4. Cut the karela into bite size pieces and stir into the masala. Add 1/2 cup - 1 cup of water, close the kadai with a lid and let it cook till the karela turns soft and most of the water is absorbed.
5. Now stir in the jaggery. Wait till it melts and remove from heat.

Serve it with Rotis or as a side with rice and enjoy!


  1. I love Karelas....jaggery and karela..different combination!! should try it sometime!!

  2. Yep we guys hate this veggie when we were kid, most probably after marriage its our fav veggies,thats really amazing na.. lovely masala..

  3. Lavanya till today I'm not a big fan of karela but like making bharwa karela. and stir fry :-)
    really after adding jaggery this must have tasted delicious
    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Very tempting and yummy dear,

  5. very delicious masala...i am a lover of karela n love it in any form...this masala sounds delicious and yummy...Def Jaggery enhance taste n mask the bitterness..

  6. I love karela..adding jaggery will cut its bitterness..very nice recipe.

  7. Love karela, this looks absolutely delicious..perfect with rice..
    You have a wonderful blog dear, happy to follow u:)

  8. Delicious bittergourd...I love it in any form..

    thanks for too have a wonderful space

  9. Fantastic looking dish! Great for dinner tonight!

  10. Me too not a good vege eater, especially bittergourds, but changed after marriage! Hehehe ;)

    The gravy looks super delicious and mouthwatering here!

  11. The karela masala looks very tempting indeed. Karela is a general no-no at my place, I like it crispy fried with some salt and haldi...however hubby and daughter just don't like it..this is amazing maybe I too can introduce it to my fussy eaters:) with this recipe and the jaggery secret

  12. Hi dear!!Thanx for stopping by my blog and ur lovely words. Karela-masala looks so yummy, adding jaggery to it sounds interesting.. I am now ur happy follower for more recipes...:-)

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  14. Just this and rice, need nothing else!! YUMM!


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