How to make Karela Fry -

Cooked this way even those who shy away from eating bitter gourds will want to have it again and again

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Bitter gourds (karele) (करेला), Salt (नमक)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Karela Fry

Karela Fry Recipe Card


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 : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Karela Fry Recipe

  • Bitter gourds (karele) halved vertically, seeded and sliced 500 grams

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fennel seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Dried mango powder (amchur) 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Carom seeds (ajwain) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Oil 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Curry leaves 7-8

  • Medium onions chopped 2

  • Fresh coconut scraped 1/4 cup + to garnish

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1 tablespo to garnish


Step 1

Take the bitter gourd in a bowl, add salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.

Step 2

Heat a non-stick pan, add fennel seeds and dry roast till golden. Transfer into a mortar and pound coarsely with a pestle. Add cumin powder, red chilli powder, dried mango powder and carom seeds and mix well.

Step 3

Add this spice mixture to the bitter gourd slices and mix well.

Step 4

Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add curry leaves and saute for 1 minute. Add onions, mix and saute till translucent. Add the bitter gourds, mix well, cover and cook till done.

Step 5

Add coconut and coriander leaves and mix gently.

Step 6

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coconut and coriander leaves and serve hot.

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