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Khatta Mitha Karela

A healthy side dish for all

Recipe by Kalyani Chivukula of Chicago, US

A healthy side dish that tastes good and taken alongwith rice.

Ingredients vegetarian 1 servings

    • 2 big long karelas (bitter gourd)
    • 1 small cup tamarind (imli) extract
    • 1 small cup grated gur (jaggery)
    • water
    • 2 tbsp oil
    • 2 tsp chilli (mirchi) powder
    • little mustard (sarson)seeds
    • little urad dal (blackgram - split ones)
    • 1 tsp dhania-jeera powder
    • curry leaves
    • salt to taste


    1. Cut the karelas into small pieces of desired shape.
    2. Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds and urad dal.
    3. After it crackles add curry leaves and karela pieces.
    4. Mix it well and add enough water and keep in simmer.
    5. Meanwhile mix gur in the tamarind juice.
    6. When the karela pieces become nearly soft, add tamarind juice in which gur is dissolved.
    7. Stir it and add salt, chilli powder and dhania-jeera powder.
    8. Mix it well and keep in simmer till done. 




    very easy n tasty dish........:)