Hot Karela Achar


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A tangy and sour pickle made from bitter gourd stored in a mixture of different spices and condiments. Serve with rice.

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Hot Karela Achar recipe - How to make Hot Karela Achar

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  1. Wash karelas and wipe well with a cotton cloth.
  2. Split into two equal half lengthwise.
  3. Clean the inside and cut into very thin slices.
  4. Cut green chilli into thin round slices. mix with karela slices.
  5. Add 3 tbsp salt and rub into the karela and chilly slices with hand.
  6. Squeeze the slices till all the water is removed.
  7. Spread on a clean white cotton cloth and sun dry for a whole day.
  8. Heat 1 cup oil, and fry curry leaves till brown and crispy. remove and keep aside.
  9. Splutter mustard, add methi seeds, and fry for a few seconds.
  10. Before the methi seeds turns brown, add the dried karela and green chilly.
  11. Fry till the karelas are crispy. remove from fire.
  12. Add fried curry leaves, salt to taste, and asafetida powder.
  13. Mix thouroughly till all the salt is dissolved.
  14. Pour into clean dry glass jars or bottles.
  15. Pour the remaining oil on top of the achar in all the bottles.
  16. Sprinkle ½ tsp salt on top of the oil layer and close the bottles tight.
  17. Keep for two days. mix the oil-salt layer with the achar before serving.

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This recipe was contributed by sandhyasha on 27 Jul 2006

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