Thursday, June 17

bitter gourd

There's a vegetable called bitter gourd (or karela in Hindi) that purifies the blood. We had it for dinner the other night cooked in fennel and onion - the fried onion and fennel seeds reduce the bitterness so it actually tastes sweet!
here it is before and after cooking...

this is how it looks after picking - scary!
above image from indianetzone


  1. My mum's tip for karelas- cover the slices with salt (~2 tablespoons for 5 gourds) and leave them for a couple of hours. Squeeze them by hand to get rid of the juice (and bitterness), rinse well. Prepare the subzi as you would normally. Don't forget to omit the salt while preparing it!

  2. thanks for that fantastic tip GB!


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