Karela Stir Fry


For the second day of BM#35 , under healthy food or Diabetic diet my preparation is Stir fry Bitter gourd. This vegetable is considered to be most famous for Diabetic food .  For diabetics, it is essentially important to keep control of blood sugar levels. Certain natural foods and herbs are helpful in this condition. Amongst them, karela or the bitter gourd is reported to be extremely beneficial and is widely present in India. In recent studies it is found that Karela has natural blood sugar lowering properties. Read more about Karela and Diabetes here

Most of us hate karela for its bitter taste but this recipe will make you love karela . And the best example I can relate with is , yesterday night I prepared this stir fry and my daughter loved it. She asked to gave this stir fry in the lunch box too. The combinations of karela with raw mango and onions gives it a delicious taste. This is our family favorite recipe , my grand mother used to make it in mustard oil. So let's start the recipe . Yum

250 gm Bitter gourd/Karela , thinly sliced
2 onions , finely copped
1 raw mango , grated
3 -4 green chillies , chopped
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
Salt to taste
2 tablespoon olive oil

Sprinkle some salt over the washed and sliced Bitter gourd rounds. Keep it for 1 hour and then wash thoroughly in running water. Drain and dry with kitchen towel.
Heat oil in pan , add fenugreek seeds and fennel seeds . Let the seeds crackle and then add onions and green chillies . Sauté till brown in color .
Add grated raw mango , stir and add bitter gourd slices . Let it cook or 7-8 minutes .
Now add all the spices and salt . Cook for 1-2 minute .

Remove from heat and serve hot with chapati.


Serve -4. Cooking time -20 minutes

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Best regards,
Sapana Behl

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  1. Very healthy stir fry. Adding raw mango is new to me;will surely try it.
    Ongoing event - WTML with giveaway.

  2. So healthy they r.. olive oil , raw mango perfect. Loved the roti flower..

  3. Karala is such a healthy option, though personally I don't eat..:)..like the way you have kept the rotis..adds as a good prop!

  4. What is bitter is always good for healthy. I can digest the taste, what more when I have cook it for my other half. As said, one of the best remedy for diabetics. Shall try this lovely version you have shared.

  5. i love karela but i cannot cook because my hubby wont eat, oh you are tempting me...with simple curd rice this will beat the taste buds

  6. Addition of raw mango is new to me,healthy curry..

  7. Healthy stir fry. my huss favorite

  8. I love karela and i can eat it 24x7. Ur version loos too good

  9. I love karela.. This seems to be delicious n worth a try

  10. i hate this veggie but my mom loves it and now she even has her Italian friend eating it, partially for health benefits but they also both like it. I will pass on this recipe to them.

  11. I am bookmarking this for my husband. I am noticing another karela recipe today without sweetener. Interesting.

  12. This is our family fav! Love the way you have displayed the roti :)

  13. Karela happens to be my favourite veggie. So this will happen at my place.

  14. Karela & mango is a new combo for me, but it sure sounds delicious. Will have to try this out to see.


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