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Oh yes we are entering the realm of seriously healthy food now. Bitter gourd is known to keep Blood sugar levels down and for its Bitterness. Yes this is Bitter – VERY . I have to restrain myself from making this for one of our parties although I’m seriously tempted 🙂

Even though not hot on my list of favorite foods ,  we make it religiously and R usually consumes a little bit daily in the hopes that it will keep diabetes far away. Hey we all live in hope !!  I’m putting this down in the event that A or R in future may decide to cook this ( unlikely) but mostly because this is the best combination that works for me and  for some reason I can’t seem to remember basic recipes.

Karela / Bittergourd – 6 – 8
Besan – 4 spoons ( chickpea/ gram flour)
Onion – 1 chopped finely
Cumin – 1 spoon
Turmeric – 1/2 spoon
Ginger – 1/2 spoon grated
Chilli powder – 1/2 spoon
Saunf  ( Anaise) – 1-2 spoons (finely powdered)
Aaamchur ( Mango Powder) – 3/4 spoon
Salt to taste

Chop ends and slit karelas , Rub salt all over , leave it for 20 – 30 Min,
Chop finely, with or without seeds. I usually try take them out but again some days that’s too much work 🙂

Heat 1 spoon oil in  pan, Add cumin till it sizzles . Then add onions, ginger, turmeric and chili powder , saute for 2 or 3 min.
Add in Karela, salt, powdered saunf , stir well and let it cook in medium for about 20 min covered.
Add in aamchur and besan , adjust chili powder if required and sprinkle a bit of water .
Mix and cook covered for 6 – 8 min.
take the lid off and cook uncovered till besan is cooked and it all looks to be one cohesive cooked mass. Sprinkle chopped cilantro and Done !!!

  • Turmeric – I add this to almost everything i cook, in the fond hope of warding off Alzheimer’s . It really has no bearing on the taste of the dish.
  • Before you go dismissing this bitter vegetable take a moment, close your eyes and visualize your blood sugar in perfect balance. see makes it taste much better doesn’t it.
  • This tastes quite good with Rotis and although not amazingly great as those stuffed fried karelas, we could all do with a little less fat. Again key being healthy living .