Bitter Melon Fry (Karela Ki Subzi)

>> Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Recipe by Food Connection

5-6 medium karelas (bitter melons)
3-4 tablespoons canola oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
sea salt to taste
small handful of cilantro leaves for garnish

Scrap the rough outer of karelas(bitter melons) lightly with a peeler and cut the ends.  Cut lengthwise into halves and scooped out the seeds in each karela (reserve seeds if you want to eat).  Slice them into 1/2 inch and soak them in salt water for several hours or overnight (best result) to remove the bitterness.  Drain and squeeze out water and pat dry with a paper towel.  Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium, add the onions and fry until they are lightly translucent and remove the fried onions with slotted spoon and set aside.  Add the karelas (bitter melons) and fry (add oil if needed) until lightly browned and crisp.  Add the spices, karela seeds, and fried onions, and 1-2 tablespoon of water to soften karelas and simmer it to low for 3-5 minutes to blend well.  Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with naans (flatbreads) and plain yogurt.  This recipe serves 2-3 persons. Enjoy!


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