Karela Curry

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 بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمن الرَّحِيْمِ

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaathu everyone!

Karela curry is made up of bitter gourd pieces that have been shallow fried then mixed with spices. This is a vegetarian (and vegan) curry that my dad absolutely loves. You probably may not have even heard of bitter gourd but if you’re part of a Pakistani household, you probably don’t need me to be explain to you what they are. Bitter gourd is a vegetable that is grown in the sub-tropics. It is usually a dark green colour with a knobbly skin. I’ve never actually seen it in these major chain retail superstores like TESCO and Sainsbury’s. I always get it from my local Pakistani grocery store.

This curry is my dad’s absolute favourite to eat. Only problem is none of us kids like it. It’s more of an acquired taste. Or if you’re over the age of 30 then you’ll probably like it (no offence). Actually, with that being said my 9-year-old cousin loves this curry but he is a rather strange person (joke!).

You can actually skip the first few steps of brining the karela pieces and frying them. The purpose behind the brining is to remove the excess water so you end up with a less bitter curry in the end. My dad quite likes the bitter taste, so I usually skip that step if I am only making it for my dad. The frying is done to make the karele crispier, but that step can also be skipped. Obviously if you skip this step then you will have to cook the curry for slightly longer.

This karela ki sabji is the perfect vegetarian challenge for your next curry night!

Karela Curry

This bitter gourd / bitter melon, otherwise known as karela, recipe is a vegetarian curry that will be suitable for everyone. Karele ki sabji is a bitter gourd recipe that involves frying the bitter gourd and then mixing with an array of spices. Also known as kakarakaya this karela ki sabji will surely impress all your friends and family. Serve with homemade chapatti or basmati rice for the perfect pairing!

Ingredients

  • 500g Bitter Gourd / Karela
  • 1 tsp. Salt x2
  • 50ml Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Onions (finely diced)
  • 3 Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric Powder / Haldi
  • 1 tsp. Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp. Chilli Powder
  • 50ml Warm Water
  • 1 Green Chilli (finely chopped)

Directions

  1. Remove the ends of the bitter gourd and cut into half
  2. Using a teaspoon, remove the seeds and cut into 1cm thick slices
  3. Add 1 tsp of salt to the karela pieces
  4. Leave to brine for at least 30-45 minutes
  5. Squeeze out the excess water and then wash off the remaining salt
  6. In a pan, add the oil
  7. Heat the oil up and shallow fry the karela pieces until the edges are lightly browned
  8. Once fried, remove the pieces and set aside
  9. In the same pan add the finely diced onions
  10. Cook the onions for 5-10 minutes until softened
  11. Add the fried karela pieces the cook on medium heat for 10 minutes
  12. Add the chopped tomatoes and salt
  13. Cook for 5-10 minutes until softened
  14. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and chilli powder
  15. Cook the spices on low heat for 10 minutes
  16. Add the 50ml water
  17. Cook the spices for a further 10-15 minutes on a medium heat
  18. Add the chopped green chillies then cook for 10 minutes
  19. Your karela curry is ready!

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