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63 bitter gourd recipes


Last Updated : Oct 13,2018




Bitter Gourd Recipes, Karela Recipes

This is probably the one vegetable that everyone disliked while growing. Due to its bitter taste it became really hard for kids to like it. But the truth is that karela takes some getting used to and when you are used to it, you can be amazed as to how much you can with it. It is quite easy to remove the bitterness from the karela. All you have to do is sprinkle a little salt on the cut karela and let it sit still till the bitterness seeps out.

Healthy Bitter Gourd Recipes

Even though disliked by almost all, karela has a lot of vitamins and also certain minerals like iron, copper and potassium which makes it a great option for diabetics to have. Karela tikkis are one such healthy option. These tikkis are made with peas, low fat paneer and other veggies, cooked in very little oil, making it really healthy. It is essential that we have juices in our diet but no one really thinks of Karela juice. It is super simple to make – just blend it, strain it and season with lemon juice and salt and you're good to go!

Karela Tikkis with Kadhai Chole makes two unique combinations go excellently together. Here, the simplicity of the tikkis is balanced by the spicy chole flavored with ginger, garlic and even amchoor. With different variations of bitter gourd coming to mind, one of my absolute favorite ones is Karela Thepla. A dough flavored with bitter gourd, garlic and Indian spices makes delicious and healthy theplas!

Bitter Gourd Recipes for Snacks

Apart from the healthy dishes, you can even make delectable snacks that are flavorful and yummy. Just like we have potato and banana chips, we can also make Karela chips. These spice coated crispy chips are so much better in taste, so much crispier and so different to eat! Another Crispy Karela recipe is sweet and yet spiced and deep fried and so delicious. Flavored with jaggery, turmeric and hing, I am sure this will be your new favorite dish!

Gujaratis love their muthias, but no one has tried to make them with bitter gourd. Just like we add doodhi to the batter, here we will add grated bitter gourd and make Karela Muthias, you won't even know the difference. Combine the bitter gourd with a chatpata imli, onions and chilli powder, mix it all together and stuff it in a paratha like you would do with aloo and you get Karela Parathas.

Bitter Gourd Recipes for Indian Food

The most famous karela dish would be Masala Bharwan Karela. This Punjabi delicacy will even make the kids start loving karela with its tomato, onion and spice filling. Have it together with roti and dal and you will not look at it the same way again! Another vegetable where the bitter taste doesn’t take over the dish is Karela Bateta nu shaak, which is made with simple ingredients and spices found in every Indian kitchen. Similarly, replace the potatoes with onions and you get Onion and Karela Subzi.

Bitter gourd peels are usually discarded due to their bitter taste, but it is not necessary to do so. You can make a wonderful, fragrant, curd based Karela Peels Kadhi with the discarded peels. If you do not want to make it with peels, you can make a regular Karela Kadhi too.

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Karela Tikkis, Bitter Gourd Tikki Recipe
Recipe# 22273
10 Aug 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Though unpleasantly bitter, karela tops the list of diabetes-friendly foods. It contains 'gurmarin', a polypeptide that works like insulin in our body and helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Combine karela with carrot and low-fat paneer to make these surprisingly delicious tikkis. Serve with ....
Karela Paratha, Bitter Gourd Paratha
Recipe# 41381
08 Oct 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Karela is an ingredient that many people associate with health food or traditional recipes. But, you will be surprised to know that it is a key ingredient in one of Delhi’s popular street foods – the Karela Paratha! The karela is marinated in tamarind water and then sautéed with onions and spice ....
How To Make Karela Juice, Bitter Gourd Juice for Diabetes
Recipe# 42323
05 Oct 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Karela Juice is a boon for those with diabetes, because the high dose of insulin and other anti-diabetic substances in the karela plant help to control blood sugar levels! It is suggested that diabetic people have it first thing in the morning on an ....
Karela Chips Recipe, Bitter Gourd Snack
Recipe# 42123
27 Sep 17

 by Tarla Dalal
Strong spicy and bitter notes combined with an irresistible crunch make the Karela Chips a total delight to bite into! It is a multi-flavoured treat that kind of tickles and excites your taste buds. It is made by deep-frying spice-coated slices of karela. The karela must be sliced using a slicer ....
Crispy Karela
Recipe# 4332
16 Dec 16

 by Tarla Dalal
The pleasant sweetness of jaggery and the enticing charm of poppy seeds and cashewnuts tone down the bitterness of bitter gourd to an extremely enjoyable level, in this special dry subzi. Sweet, with a dash of spice, this unique subzi tastes really awesome, but what is even more special than the ....
Masala Bharwan Karela
Recipe# 30883
11 Jul 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Masala Bharwan Karela is a Punjabi delicacy that will make even kids fall in love with karela. Here, the karela is first cleaned, slit, coated with salt and allowed to marinate, to eliminate some of the bitterness and to tenderise the vegetable ....
Karela Bateta Nu Shaak
Recipe# 35914
05 Jan 16

 by Tarla Dalal
Karela batate nu shaak vegetable will be liked by all the non- karela lovers also as the bitter taste does not dominate the vegetable. Make the karelas crispy and enjoy this with roti and kadhi for a complete meal.
Karela Theplas, Diabetic Friendly
Recipe# 3494
24 Dec 16

 
by Tarla Dalal
The first thing we all can think about karelas is their bitterness. Believe it or not, karela is a vegetable that is extremely beneficial for diabetics and you can enjoy it more if you acquire the taste for it. This innovative recipe makes use of ....
Stuffed Karelas in Makhani Gravy
Recipe# 3499
20 Aug 11

 
by Tarla Dalal
Karela is a low calorie vegetable which is acclaimed for its anti-diabetic properties. This recipe is an attempt to make them appealing. The karelas are stuffed with moong dal and served in a makhani gravy that is made using very little oil. Enriched with protein, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, ir ....
Sukhi Karela Subzi
Recipe# 7460
09 Dec 14

 by Tarla Dalal
A fantastic recipe that makes karela appeal to all! This Sukhi Karela Subzi is an interesting way to consume potassium-rich karela, which helps to control blood sugar levels by increasing the action of insulin in the body. Although we have not added any sugar to this recipe, the little amount of oil ....
Onion and Karela Subzi
Recipe# 7452
24 May 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Wonderfully flavourful, this Onion and Karela Subzi is perked up not just by the pungency of onions, but also by the aroma of roasted sesame seeds and the tanginess of amchur powder. Together, these ingredients complement the bitterness of karela very well, making it not just palatable but quite enj ....
Karela and Capsicum Subzi
Recipe# 4311
28 Oct 17

 
by Tarla Dalal
Bitter though it is, karela has a unique taste that transforms it into a delicacy if prepared in the right ways. Here, an innovative combination of bitter gourd, onions and colourful capsicums are sautéed with a traditional tempering, resulting in a flavourful and aromatic subzi that goes well w ....
Masala Karela
Recipe# 7462
01 Aug 18

 by Tarla Dalal
You will be amazed by how effectively grated cauliflower masks the bitterness of karela, making it a delicacy that even kids would not mind eating. Perked up with onion, coriander and spice powders, Masala Karela is a treat to the taste buds, and a wonder food for your body too, as karela contains a ....
Karela Kadhi
Recipe# 3504
20 Aug 11

 by Tarla Dalal
Another karela delicacy - an innovative calcium rich kadhi! Keep in mind however that the karelas must be well cooked before adding the curds and spices to remove most of its bitterness. Enjoy it unusual flavours.
Stuffed Nachni Roti, Healthy Ragi Roti
Recipe# 22275
24 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
These scrumptious rotis are made out of nachni and whole wheat flour, and stuffed with a flavourful vegetable filling. The succulent filling adds softness to the nachni rotis, making them more enjoyable. The combination of karela and cauliflower gives a well-balanced flavour and texture to the stuff ....
Karela Tikkis in Kadhai Chole, Healthy Diabetic Recipe
Recipe# 33679
27 Nov 17

 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Though unpleasantly bitter, karela tops the list of diabetes-friendly foods. It contains 'gurmarin', a polypeptide that works like insulin in our body and helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Combine karela with carrots and paneer to make these surprisingly delicious tikkis. You will benefit fr ....
Karela Thepla
Recipe# 4208
05 Nov 15

 by Tarla Dalal
The first thing we all can think about karelas is their bitterness. But karela is extremely beneficial for diabetics and one can enjoy it more if you acquire the taste for it. These innovative Karela Thepla make use of the peels of the karela which we usually throw away. Wash and chop the peel ....
Karela Muthias
Recipe# 3511
24 Apr 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Karela and flour dumplings that are enlivened with the addition of onions and garlic to make a delicious breakfast. This recipe makes use of karelas and garlic, the two ingredients that are said to be diabetic friendly as they help to maintain the blood sugar levels. Serve them hot, along with Low C ....
Sauce Boats, Cucumber Boats ( Vegetable Carvings)
Recipe# 36982
16 May 12

 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Redefine the art of serving chutneys, sauce with the help of these cucumber sailors. Your friends would be dipping for more!
Dry Karela Subzi
Recipe# 41314
16 Aug 18

 by Tarla Dalal
An exciting mixture of sweetness, tanginess and spiciness makes this Dry Karela Subzi a fabulous treat for your palate. What makes this subzi so enjoyable is the perfect way in which the bitter gourd is prepared – right from marinating in salt, to washing it with water after cooking it on a tava ....
Karela Peel Kadhi
Recipe# 39496
25 Jul 14

 by Tarla Dalal
This unique and flavourful kadhi made of karela peels is a great combination for plain rice as well as khichdi. Although you might worry about the bitterness, you will be surprised to know that when cooked in the typical curd-besan base, the bitterness turns out to be quite pleasant to the palate. P ....
Recipe# 9721
10 Jan 06

 by bindiyashastri
A spicy bitter gourd or karela vegetable preparation, bitter gourd curry is a typical South Indian recipe. The bitter gourd is easy to prepare and quite healthy, especially for diabetics.
Recipe# 16452
23 Aug 11

 
by madooki
No reviews
A delicious preparation made with grated bottle gourd and cooked with onins, garlic and other spices.
Recipe# 36378
21 Jun 15

 by Alpna poddar
No reviews
Crispy Bitter Gourd, karelas are known to be highly beneficial for diabetics. Here is an easy recipe to make crispy karelas. Pressure cooking the karelas helps to quicken the cooking time. Sauteed on low flame and the the sprinkling of besan helps to make them crisp. Serve with dal-rice or with da ....
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