Way back, about 15 years back we were travelling to Europe and we were served these Karelas, I fell in love with them instantly.I tried to get the recipe, but somehow never went out of way for it.With Magic Mingle ingredients, this recipe flashed back and this time I managed to get the recipe from some Gujju friends.The bitter gourds taste awsum with this combo, it’s a must try for all bitter gourd lovers.


1cup………. bitter gourds

2tbsp……… jaggery

Pinch asafetida

Pinch turmeric

Pinch red chilly pwd

1tbsp…….. sesame seeds

1tbsp…….. broken cashews

½ tbsp…… raisins

1tsp ………..poppy seeds (I have not used)
2tbsp…….. coriander leaves

Salt to taste

Peel the karelas.Slice them.

Apply salt and leave for an hour.

Wash and deep fry.
Keep aside.

Heat oil.

Add asofoetida, cashews, sesame seeds,raisins.Saute’.

Add karelas and spices.

Add the jaggery water.

Let the water dry up .

Add coriander.

Serve with hot rotis.


These karelas have a wonderful sweet taste with a crunch of cashews and sesame seeds.The jaggery impart a delicious taste and mellows down the bitterness of the gourds.The combo of cashews and raisins has always been amazing and lastly the coriander leaves give the dish a little color.




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