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Tasty, Tangy, Sweet Bitter Gourd Stir Fry (Khatta Meetha Karela)

khatta meetha karela
Khatta Meetha karela ?

Yes, the credit for this recipe goes to Chitra Balachander, a dear friend of mine. This lady boasts amazing culinary skills, with a repertoire rich in south Indian delicacies. Of course, she knows it all about north Indian food and other food varieties across India.

She shared this khatta meetha karela recipe a few days back, which tempted me to try the recipe myself. I have given it a try and found it as one of the best karela recipes ever.

The sweet & tangy bitter gourd stir fry goes well with rice, lentil curry, and any other gravy.

Here's a sneak peak into Chitra di's recipe:

khatta meetha karela by Chitra Balachander
I made little modifications:
1 tsp- mustard oil
6-7 karelas (bitter gourd)
turmeric, salt, jeera
1 big onion
1 tsp- tamarind paste
1 tsp- jaggery powder
red chilly powder

Procedure
sweet & tangy karela


  1. Wash and cut karelas into round slices.
  2. Chop onion and mix with sliced karela.
  3. Sprinkle salt and haldi. Keep aside for 5 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Add jeera.
  5. Let it splutter.
  6. Now add karela and onion.
  7. Stir well so that oil coats every single piece. 
  8. Cover & cook for 8-10 minutes until half cooked.
  9. Open the lid and add tamarind paste and jaggery powder.
  10. Mix well and cover & cook for 5-8 minutes.
  11. Enjoy the khatta meetha karela.

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