We have to admit that bitter gourd is not exactly a favoured vegetable, especially among kids. The slightly bitter taste of karela is enough to put off their appetite. You may have tried different karela recipes in the hope of making your family like it but it doesn’t always work, does it? Here’s a fact about karela you should know – you need to develop a taste for it, and with time, it actually grows on you. If you are looking for that one recipe that will change your family’s opinion about karela, try this karela bhurji recipe. Not only does karela taste amazing in this Indian dish, the bitterness is also completely gone. How? We have a secret tip that we’ll be sharing in this recipe.
If you ask us, we already kind of like karela fry, bharwan karela, karela chips and all other common recipes of karela; but karela bhurji simply stunned us with its tangy taste and rich flavours. Also factoring in the advantages of eating karela for weight loss, diabetes and good immunity, this karela bhurji sabzi is a must-try.
Here’s the step-by-step recipe of karela bhurji –
(Serving – 2)
4 bitter gourds
2 onions, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped,
1 green chilli, chopped
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
Half tsp cumin seeds
Half tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder to taste
A pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp lemon juice
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Step 1 – Wash and dry the bitter gourd. Grate or finely chop it. Add about half teaspoon of salt, mix well and keep aside for 5-10 minutes. This process helps tone down the bitterness of the vegetable.
Step 2 – Saute asafoetida and cumin seeds in oil. Then, saute onions, green chilli and ginger-garlic paste till onions change colour to pink, not brown.
Step 3 – Add grated bitter gourd and saute along with the onions for 5-6 minutes.
Step 4 – Add tomatoes, salt, red chili powder and coriander powder and let them cook. (Remember, there is already some amount of salt in the bitter gourd.)
Step 5 – Add lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves before serving.