Karela Masala Recipe

Karela Masala Recipe

Cuisine: Punjabi

Karela Masala Recipe: Karela Masala is a dish made with bitter gourd cooked in spices, representing the diversity of flavors in Indian cuisine and the use of bitter ingredients in cooking.


  • 2 tsp coriander powder

  • 1 tsp red chilli powder

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

  • oil to fry

  • 5 -6 bitter gourd

  • salt to taste

  • 2 medium sized onions

  • 1 tsp dry mango powder


  • Take off and reserve the scrapings of the karelas.
  • Give a slit on one side and take off all the seeds.
  • Cut karelas into thin slices.
  • Wash and rub two table spoons salt all over the karelas and its scrapings.
  • Set aside for 3-4 hours.
  • Wash completely again and squeeze dry the karelas.
  • Heat up oil in kadhai.
  • Deep fry the cut karelas till dark brown and crisp.
  • Take off the karelas and keep aside.
  • Slice onions.
  • Heat up 3 tblsp of oil in a kadai.
  • Mix in cut onions.
  • Stir fry for 3-4 minutes till they are transluscent.
  • Mix in scrappings of karela and let it stir fry till onions are a little brown.
  • Mix in turmeric powder, coriander powder, dry mango powder and red chilli powder.
  • Mix in the fried karelas to the above mixture and stir fry covered on low heat up for 5-6 minutes.
  • Mix in salt if needed.
  • Serve hot with chappatis.

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