Among all the people I have met, I have found that they are divided in opinion when it comes to karela or bitter gourd. Either they completely absolutely love it or they really hate it. The chief reason is the bitterness. But then again, karela is very good for health. A glass of karela juice in the morning is beneficial to skin and throat. So if we can remove the bitterness, karela will be loved by all.
How to remove the bitterness of bitter gourd?
The answer is simple – lots and lots of salt and patience. Peel of the skin of karela and chop it to get thin circles. Add salt and rub it against karela pieces. Leave it, in the sun preferably, for an hour’s time. Wash the salt of the karela and viola, it is ready for cooking.
2 karela, chopped and salted
2 tblsp oil
1 tblsp zeera
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder to taste
½ tblsp haldi
1 tblsp dhaniya powder
Heat oil in a pot and add zeera. When zeera starts to splutter, add chopped karela and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add salt, red chilli powder, haldi and dhaniya powder and mix well. Cook on low flame for 5 minutes.