Sunday, 17 June 2012

Karela Massalam

I made this based on a recipe by tarla dalal. It called for deep frying the Karela. I did not do that. I am sure it would have tasted good. But I just steamed it in the microwave. I love the bitterness of the Karela and this preserved it.


Onion 2
Karela (Bitter Gourd) 4 (around 4 cups)
Tomato 5
Ginger 1 inch piece
Garlic 4 pods
Chilli Powder 1 tsp
Coriander Powder 4 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Cumin/Jeera 1 tsp
Cream or yogurt 2 tbsp

Method of Preparation

1. Cut the Karela into small pieces and steam them. You can fry them if you choose

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add jeera. Slice the onions and saute it till it is browned.

3. Make a paste of ginger and garlic. Add to the onions along with coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric and saute. Add 2 cups of water and simmer for 5-6 minutes.

4. Make a puree of the tomatoes and add. Simmer till the tomatoes are cooked well.

5. Add some cream to this. I did not have any. So I just added some yogurt. Add some salt as well.

6. Add the steamed or fried Karela to this and simmer for sometime. Switch off. Serve with some warm roti


  1. healthy and yummy...

  2. very healthy and delicious one. amazing

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