Bittergourd in Tamarind-besan Sauce

Karela curry



  1. Bitter gourds – 4(medium)

  2. Onions – 2 (large)

  3. Tomatoes – 2(medium)

  4. Green chillies – 4

  5. Thick Tamarind sauce – 1 cup

  6. Jaggery – small piece

  7. Shredded coconut – 3tsp

  8. Besan -1/2 cup

Ingredients for  karela curry

 For Seasoning:

( common for all vegetarian curries)

  1. Bengal gram dal – 1tsp
  2. Urad dal – 1tsp
  3. Mustard seeds -1/4tsp
  4. Jeera(cumin seeds) – 1/4 tsp
  5. Curry leaves – few
  6. Turmeric – pinch
  7. Red chillies – 3
  8. Oil – 3tsp

 seasoning ingredients


  • Scrap off the outer ridge for the karela and cut them length wise and remove the seeds completely.

  • Heat oil in a skillet and add the ingredients for seasoning.

  • As the mustard seeds start spluttering ,add the cut onions,tomatoes , karela pieces , greenchillies ,salt along with tamarind sauce and little water.

  • Cook till the karela pieces are soft.

  • In the end add jaggery , besan (to have thick consistency)and shredded coconut.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sudharaghu on April 30, 2008 at 8:42 am

    i’m a big fan of karela. i ‘ve n’t seen this recipe till date. will try this definitely n let u know ..


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