karela stir fry or karela sabzi, how to make karela stir fry recipe

karela sabzi or karela stir fry

karela stir fry or karela sabzi is a easy and quick dish. this is a north indian style karela sabzi recipe as i have used the spices which are generally used in north indian cooking.

if you like karela or bitter gourd then only you will like this dish. not many people are fond of karela because of its bitter taste. i make a karela dish once in a fortnight as it is very good for health.

karela bitter gourd

this is another way i make karela at home besides the bharwan karela and the punjabi style karela sabji posted earlier. besides these, i also make karela chips, whose recipe i will post in some days.

these karela stir fry can be served as a side dish with a combination of dal rice or rasam rice or sambar rice. you can also serve this karela sabzi with chapati or phulkas.

karela sabzi or karela stir fry

if you are looking for more veggie recipes then do check mushroom chilli fry, bhindi fry, fried mix veg, yam/suran stir frykantola fry and dry aloo matar recipe.

karela sabzi or karela stir fry recipe below:

5.0 from 2 reviews
karela sabzi or karela stir fry recipe
karela sabzi or karela stir fry - lightly spiced with bitter tones from the karela.
CUISINE: indian, north indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 250 gms tender karela/bitter gourd/bitter melon
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • ½ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder/jeera
  • 1 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • 1 tsp fennel powder/saunf powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • ½ or 1 tsp dry mango powder/amchur
  • 1 tbsp gram flour/besan
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt as required
  1. rinse the karela in water first.
  2. slice the karela into thin round pieces.
  3. you can lightly peel the skin if you want before you slice them.
  4. heat oil in a frying pan or kadai.
  5. add the karela slices and saute on a low or medium flame till the slices
  6. become lightly browned. takes about 8-10 minutes. stir in between.
  7. now add all the dry spice powders and salt.
  8. stir and saute for 5-6 mins more on a low flame.
  9. lastly add the besan and saute for some minutes till the rawness of the besan or gram flour goes away. takes about 4-5 minutes more.
  10. garnish karela sabzi with coriander leaves.
  11. serve karela stir fry with dal-rice, kadhi-rice or sambar-rice.

{ 16 Responses }

  1. vicky D'Souza says

    Your veg receipes are so good with perfect instructions can we have some non veg recipes too!!!!

  2. Garima says

    I wanted a quick and easy recipe for karela today. I am so glad I found your blog and this recipe! Just finished my lunch comprising karela made the way you have taught. It was great! I only made on change. I microwaved the cut karela first before stir frying.
    I first tasted the karela when it was just done frying. It was so bitter I nearly cried. I have typically used recipes where a lot of effort goes into removing the bitterness from the karela. So I was thinking may be I made a mistake in not doing any of that. But by the time I put the besan and cooked it the dish tasted fantastic! I was completely surprised. Thanks a million! I am going to share this recipe with my mom now and brag. 😀

    • says

      welcome garima. thanks for sharing your experience and giving this positive review on karela recipe. one of the healthiest veggie to eat. glad to read your feedback. i am sure it will motivate other readers to try this easy karela recipe.

  3. Padmaja says

    Excellent recipes and easy to make with whatever we have at home. Never thought I would make hotel dishes like palak paneer ..paneer butter masala at home so easily…thanks a ton for coming up with this website.
    Would like to see more and more variety coming in. Happy new year.

  4. sirisha says

    Hi, i actually want to search according to the veg. i have, i think im not getting that option in your blog, please help.
    How can i find dishes with particular vegetable, where should i type it???

  5. says

    Karela is the one of the most popular and healthful Recipe of the India .thanks’ for sharing information to make karela sabzi or karela stir fry.

  6. says

    in mauritius, the typical stir-fry of karela or bitter gourd is very simple with ingredients 1 medium onion, 2 tomatoes and 1 chili. the salted karela are fried and then stir-fried with the tomatoes,onion and chili.simple, quick and easy….try it the mauritian way..so delicious