Crispy karela is a crunchy flavourful dish eaten as a side dish with Indian meals. It is not only tasty but healthy too. In today’s post, I am going to share Crispy Karela recipe.
Karela is known as bitter gourd in English. Karela is rich source of antioxidants, aids in digestion, acts as a blood purifier (thus beneficial for skin too) and beneficial for constipation patients too when consumed regularly.
Many people dislike Karela or bitter gourd because of its bitter taste. Personally, it is one of the recipes in my favourite list. This is my mom’s Crispy Karela recipe which wonderfully balances the bitterness of karela with sweetness from raisins and caramelized onions. Apart from it, little amount of potato mash can also be added to it to counter the unpleasant taste from bitter gourd but it is totally optional. I would recommend adding potato to the dish if you are trying to make your kids eat this dish or for someone who is trying it for first time.
This dish is made specifically in Mustard Oil as it really suits the overall flavour combinations of this dish. Apart from the usual spices like coriander powder, red chilly powder; fennel or Saunf powder is also added which imparts mild sweetness to the palate at the end of every bite.
The recipe is quite simple and does not take much preparation time. If potato is not added to the recipe, you can easily store it in refrigerator for 3-4 days (which is what I generally do!!). I eat with my regular dal-roti-curd meal and it tastes amazing.
Hope you would like this Crispy Karela Recipe.
List Of Ingredients: (Serves 3-4)
|Karela/ Bitter Gourd|
- Medium Sized Bitter gourd-4
- Medium sized onion-2
- Small Boiled Potato-1 (optional)
- Mustard Oil-4 tbsp
- Salt- To taste
- Turmeric powder (haldi)-1/2 tsp
- Red Chilli Powder- 1/2 tsp (Add more if you like it spicy)
- Coriander Powder-1 & 1/2 tsp
- Fennel (Saunf) Powder-1 tsp
- Dry Mango Powder (Amchoor)-1 tsp
- Raisins (Kishmish)- 2 tbsp
Steps To Prepare:
|Washed & Squeezed Karela Slices|