Crispy bitter gourd / Karela recipe

I’m not a big fan of karela but I made it specially for my husband from my moms recipe and he loved it. Its a very simple one and I hope you ll will try it too.


Besan – 1 and half cup
Bitter gourd / Karela – 4 (sliced and seeds removed from between)
Turmeric – 1 tsp
Chilly powder – 2 tsp
Corriander Powder – 2 to 3 tsp
Oil for stir frying
Sugar – 1 tsp (optional)


Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Sesame seeds – 1 tsp
Asafoetida – 1/2 tsp
Poppy seeds – 1 tsp (optional)


  1. Peel karela.
  2. Cut karela / bitter gourd in thin circular form and remove the seeds from it.
  3. Soak  it in salt water for about 20 to 30 mins.
  4. Remove the karela pieces from the water and make sure you remove the water by pressing it nicely.
  5. Take enough oil in a pan and heat it.
  6. Add mustard and sesame seeds let it crackle.
  7. Add asafoetida and bitter gourd and stir fry it till it becomes crispy and shrinks in a bit.
  8. Till the time its getting cooked , take besan in another bowl add turmeric , chilly powder , corriander powder , salt , sugar and mix well.
  9. Sprinkle besan flour on the cripy karela and mix well so that it is evenly spread on all the karela pieces.
  10. Add 2 tsp of oil and spread it evenly.
  11. Cook it for 5 to 10mins , add poppy seeds in the end and mix well.

Serve it with hot fulka roti

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