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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Karela Tomato Curry

How to make Karela Curry Recipe | Stir Fry Bitter Gourd Tomato Curry

Sharing step by step recipe of Bitter gourd which are blanched, stir fried and prepared in tomato puree and flavored with Indian spices..

If a girl can cook bitter gourd this way which are so delightful and scrumptious, she can cook anything." These words were articulated to me long ago by a neighbor cum friend. These words are always flashed back to me, whenever I cook this bitter gourd tomato curry.. 

Karela Curry is my attempt to make the not so desirable food to the most desirable one. Bitter gourd has many health benefits, it not only good for diabetes, but it also helps to cleanse the liver It helps to detox our system and make our skin clearer. It contains a chemical that works like insulin to help reduce blood sugar levels. 

Today's recipe is most preferred karela recipe in our house. This is very light and easy to digest vegetable and very good for our colon health.

Let's get started 
Recipe details ⬇

⚫Prep time : 5-10 min
⚫Cook time 25-30 min
⚫Servings 4

Ingredients required⬇ 

⚫3 tomatoes 
⚫350 grams Karela
⚫1tsp cumin seeds
⚫½ tsp asafoetida 
⚫½ lemon (juice) 
⚫1 tsp sugar
⚫1tsp coriander powder
⚫2tsp red chilly powder
⚫ taste
⚫Cooking oil

Method ⬇

☑ Step 1 Mise en Place

♦Tomatoes - pureed 

♦Karela - Peeled, blanched and saute or shallow fry.

☑ Step 2 cooking time 

♦Heat oil in a frying pan. Add asafoetida powder and cumin seeds allow it to splutter. Add tomato puree, lemon juice and all dry ingredients mentioned above. Allow it to come to a boil.

♦Add bitter gourds and one cup water , combine well. Close the lid. Simmer and cook until tender. Adjust the gravy consistency, as per your taste.

♦Serve hot garnished with cilantro leaves.


  1. This Karela Tomato curry looks so so delicious Deepa! You know what, I have never fancied the Karela till I get married. But now I just LOVE the Karela! Even I am just so fond of Karela now. I think time just changes everything! ;) Never tried in tomato gravy, it must be outstanding! Will try this one for sure! Have a lovely Sunday! :)

    1. Yes i agree with you, same here. You know any karela recipe for me is like "Bring it on" ... They are actually very bitter, and for me its like I have to complete it... But now I have created few more bitter gourd recipes where bitterness can be controlled up to 85-90%... I will surely share rest other recipes very soon.. Thank you so much Anu, Have a great day :)

  2. This looks delightful Deepa! I've never tried Karela before, but it looks delicious, especially with that curry sauce! I love the cumin and chilli spices, I can definitely see myself tucking into a big bowl of this! Yum!

    1. Thank you so much Harriet, I’m so glad you like them! Tomato sauce and lemon works great to control the bitterness...

  3. Karela is my favorite vegetable! I adoreee it!! but I have never had it this way Deepa, thanks for sharing, definitely going to try!

    1. Hi Manali,
      Thank you so much dear. I hope you enjoy it!! :)

  4. this looks soooooo yum, i cant say more. Would love to try this some day. Yum Yum Yum!

    1. HI Shewta,
      Thank you so much dear.. :) I am very sure you will love this. .

  5. What a fantastic curry! Love all the flavors

    1. Thank you so much Kelly for this lovely comment! Glad you enjoyed it!:)

  6. what an amazing karela recipe. Looks delicious. I am a big fan of these bitter gourd but never made in tomato gravy like yours. Will definitely going to try your version soon . Thanks for sharing dear !!

    1. Hi Rachna,
      Thank you so.much dear, glad to see you.. Appreciate your feedback. I hope you enjoy it!! :)

  7. curry looks delicious & I love these pictures..thanks for sharing the recipe.. :)

  8. Bitter gourd is bitter, but very healthy..your curry and recipe looks great!!