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.