How to make Karela Salad -

Salad made with fried bitter gourd and mixed with vegetables.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Turban Tadka.

Main Ingredients : Bitter gourd (karela) (करेला), Oil (ऑइल)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Salads

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Karela Salad

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History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 21-25 minutes

Cook time : 0-5 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Karela Salad Recipe

  • Bitter gourd (karela) soaked in water with salt for 10-15 minutes, scrap 2-3

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • Iceberg lettuce leaves 2-3

  • Onion sliced 1 medium

  • Tomato sliced 1 medium

  • Green chillies finely chopped 1-2

  • Crushed black peppercorns to taste

  • Juice of ½ lemon

  • Salt to taste

  • Chaat masala 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander sprigs 8-10

  • Lollo rosso lettuce leaves 2-3


Step 1

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 2

Squeeze out excess water from bitter gourd and deep-fry in hot oil till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 3

Put torn Iceberg lettuce leaves in a bowl. Add onion, tomato, green chillies, crushed peppercorns, fried bitter gourd, lemon juice, salt and chaat masala and mix well.

Step 4

Roughly chop coriander sprigs, add to the bowl and mix well.

Step 5

Place lollo rosso lettuce leaves on one side of a serving bowl and put in the prepared salad. Serve immediately garnished with red bell pepper juliennes.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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