Crispy Karela Fry Recipe

Karela or Bitter gourd is a very healthy but probably one of the most hated subzi due to its bitter taste. I just love the Karela fry because it is tasty and healthy as well. Karela/ Bitter gourd is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, C, folate and minerals like magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, manganese and dietary fibre.

Karela Fry

What’s more? It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach and twice the potassium of bananas. Karela/ Bitter gourd is highly beneficial in treating blood disorders, helps kill cancer cells, is highly effective in reducing sugar levels in the blood and urine, has shown to improve glucose tolerance, alleviates eye problems and improves eyesight among several other banefits. With so many nutrients and health benefits this vegetable-fruit should definitely be a part of your diet.

If you are looking for other subzi recipes do check out Aloo Gobi, Bhindi fry, Mix Veg, Batata Bhaji and Lal Saag/ Lal Math Subzi.

Karela Fry/ Crispy Karela Subzi
Recipe Type: Side dish
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Shradha
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Serves: 2-3
  • 1 karela/ bottle gourd
  • 3 table spoons of oil
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder or as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • A generous pinch of asafoetida
  • A few drops of lime juice
  • A generous pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt as per taste
  • Chopped Coriander leaves for garnishing

Step by Step instructions for preparing Karela Fry/ Crispy Karela Subzi:

  1. Wash the karela and cut the ends.
  2. Cut it into half.
  3. With the help of a narrow knife or the handle of a small spoon remove the seeds from both the halves.
  4. Thinly slice the karela.
  5. Heat oil in a tawa or pan. I have used here Iron Tawa because cooking in iron tawa is healthier as it adds to the iron content of food and helps prevent anaemia.
  6. Once the oil heats, add asafoetida and let it fry for a couple of seconds.
  7. Add the karela slices and saute them in oil for a couple of minutes so that the oil gets applied to all the slices.
  8. Add salt and mix well.
  9. Keep sauteing the slices on medium heat till they turn light brown and become crispy. It will take around 15 minutes.
  10. Now add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder and coriander powder. Mix well.
  11. Saute for one more minute.
  12. Just before switching off the gas flame, add sugar and mix well.
  13. Switch off the gas flame.
  14. Add lime juice and mix.
  15. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

I just love this subzi as a side dish with plain dal-rice 🙂 You too can try out this easy and tasty subzi and share your thoughts in the comments section. Do SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel HappilyVeg for more simple, delicious and nutritious recipes.