Bittergourd curry recipe | paagarkkai Masala | Karela sabji

Bittergourd curry recipe | paagarkkai Masala | Karela sabji is a side dish for parathas, rice and other breads, prepared with bitter gourd, onion, tomato, jaggery, spices and salt. Bitter gourd has numerous health benefits. You may know about it through the link – health benefits of bitter gourd

Ingredients:-

  • bitter gourd / paagarkkai / Karela – 200 grams
  • oil – for frying
  • onion – 1 cup (chopped)
  • garlic – 1 tsp (chopped)
  • tomato – 1 cup (chopped)
  • red chilly powder / milagai podi – 1 tsp
  • turmeric powder / manjal podi – 1/4 tsp
  • cumin powder / seeraga podi – 1/2 tsp
  • grated coconut – 2 tblsp
  • jaggery / vellam – 2 tsp
  • salt – to taste

Method:-

1. Cut bitter gourd into 2 or 3 pieces according to its length. Divide it into two and remove seeds inside. Chop into thin slices lengthwise.

Chopped bitter gourd
Chopped bitter gourd

2. Chop onion, ginger and tomatoes and keep it ready.

Chopped onion, garlic and tomato
Chopped onion, garlic and tomato

3. Heat oil in a pan and fry chopped bitter gourd in medium flame.

Frying bitter gourd in oil
Frying bitter gourd in oil

4. It will take around 10 minutes and when it starts turning colour, remove from oil.

A stage to remove from oil, when bitter gourd turning colour
A stage to remove from oil, when bitter gourd turning colour

5. Remove from oil to a plate and keep it aside.

Fried bitter gourd
Fried bitter gourd

6. In another pan add one tsp of oil and fry chopped onion.

Frying chopped onion
Frying chopped onion

7. When it turns pale add chopped garlic.

Chopped garlic added
Chopped garlic added

8. Now add chopped tomatoes and sauté for few minutes.

Chopped tomatoes added
Chopped tomatoes added

9. Now add red chilly powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt.

Spices and salt added
Spices and salt added

10. Mix well and allow it to cook for 3 minutes. Add little water if necessary. Close and cook in medium flame.

Water added and cooked
Water added and cooked

11. When raw smell leaves the pan, add grated coconut to the dish.

Grated coconut added
Grated coconut added

12. Mix well and add fried bitter gourd.

Fried bitter gourd added
Fried bitter gourd added

13. Add grated jaggery.

Grated jaggery added
Grated jaggery added

14. Allow it to cook in low flame for two minutes, switch off the stove and transfer to a serving bowl.

Bittergourd curry recipe | paagarkkai Masala | Karela sabji
Bittergourd curry recipe | paagarkkai Masala | Karela sabji

15. Serve as side dish for roti, Phulkas or rice.

For more bitter gourd recipes in my website click on the links below.

1. Bitter gourd kuzhambu recipe | Paagarkkai kuzhambu

2. Barwan Karela recipe | Stuffed Bitter gourd | Paagarkkai

3. Bitter gourd chips | pagarkkai | karela | பாகற்காய் வறுவல்

 

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