Despised for its bitter taste, as a matter of fact, karela is not favoured by many. However, it is not a secret that Karela is relished by those who are aware of its therapeutic value and innumerable health benefits.
Karela has active substances such as charantin with anti-diabetic properties which act as insulin that help to control blood sugar levels! Diabetic patients could reap full benefits of Karela by drinking juice of it first thing in the morning to flush out toxins and excess blood sugar. Consuming Karela in regular basis will help the body to combat against building up excess sugar levels and stay in control with diabetes.
This recipe outshines all my other Karela recipes for its delicious taste and crunchy texture which is incredibly appetising. Unbelievably, the few lemon juice drops added to the stir fry at the end, enhance the taste in a great deal and make it quite pleasant to the taste buds too.
So, please make this simple recipe and enjoy it every now and again and keep yourself healthy and revitalized
Only the basic few ingredients are needed to make this dish:
|Bittergourd / Karela / Karavila||4 medium|
|Kashmiri Chilli Powder||1 tsp|
|Lemon juice||a few drops|
|Olive oil||2 tbsps|
Let’s make :
Important : Do not wash Karela before cutting
- Cut dainty, thin rounds with seeds and all (Nothing should be wasted)
- Sprinkle 1 tbsp of salt and keep aside for 20 – 30 mins
- After 20 mins, place karela in a colander and wash under a cold tap until salt is removed
- Squeeze dry and keep aside
Add olive oil and heat up a wide pan
Add Karela and stir fry for about 3-4 mins or until slightly tender
Drop chopped onions and continue stir frying for a few mins or until Karela is getting crispy
Add turmeric, salt and Kashmiri chili powder
- Cover and lower the flame. This will allow uncooked bits to cook evenly and all the spices to blend. Upto 3-4 mins is sufficient
- Open the lid, squeese a few drops of lemon juice and give a good mix under medium flame
- Enjoy the delicious, crispy Karela stir fry either on its own or as a side dish with your main meal