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karela sabzi recipe

Easy Karela Sabzi Recipe

This is a simple and easy homestyle karela sabzi recipe. This bittergourd stir fry is easy to make and nutritious. Do try.
Course Side Dish, Side Dish/Accompaniment
Cuisine Indian, North Indian | Uttar Pradesh | Punjabi
Keyword karela sabzi, Karela sabzi recipe
recipe karela sabzi
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 81kcal


  • 4 big karelas chopped into small pieces
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne or chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp. tamarind paste or 1.5 tsp. dry mango powder
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Chop and prepare the karela as explained above by applying salt and keeping aside for about 30 minutes. Then wash and use.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onions. Cook for about 10 minutes on low flame till the onions are golden brown. Add karela pieces and mix together.
  • Add turmeric, chilli powders and coriander powder and mix well. Cook covered for about 10-15 minutes till your karela is well cooked.
  • Now add the tamarind paste or dry mango powder along with some salt and garam masala. Taste before adding salt as you have already treated karela with salt earlier.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning. Your karela sabzi is ready to serve.


Do remember to pre-treat your karela before cooking.
Use green and fresh looking karelas for cooking.
You can use dry mango powder in place of tamarind paste.
You can reduce the chilli powder if you want to reduce the heat in your sabzi.
You can add a little water in case your sabzi becomes too dry while cooking. This will help prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
The onions must be slow cooked so that they become caramelized. This gives a lovely sweet taste to the karela sabzi.


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 987IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg