How to make Karela Andhra Style -

A sweet and sour preparation of bitter gourd from Andhra Pradesh.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Bitter gourd (karela) ,

Cuisine : Andhra

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Karela Andhra Style

Karela Andhra Style Recipe Card


The cuisine of Andhra Pradesh is reputedly the spiciest of all Indian cuisine. Foods include both the original spicy Andhra cooking and Muslim-influenced Hyderabadi cuisine. Rice is the staple diet and is used in a wide variety of ways.
Hyderabadi cuisine is influenced by the Muslim population, which arrived in Andhra centuries ago. Much of the cuisine revolves around meat. It is rich and aromatic, with a liberal use of exotic spices, ghee, nuts and dry fruits.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet & Sour

Ingredients for Karela Andhra Style Recipe

  • Bitter gourd (karela) 4-5 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Whole dry red chilli 4

  • Coriander seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • White sesame seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Oil 1 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onions chopped 2 medium

  • Garlic paste 2 teaspoons

  • Ginger paste 2 teaspoons

  • Tomato puree 1/4 cup

  • Jaggery (gur) 2 tablespoons

  • Tamarind pulp 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Scrape and cut karela in half, lengthwise. Remove seeds and thinly slice.

Step 2

Apply salt and leave aside for ten to fifteen minutes. Wash with plenty of water. Drain and squeeze out excess water.

Step 3

Roast whole red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and white sesame seeds on a medium hot tawa till light brown, stirring it continuously. Cool the mixture and then grind to a fine powder.

Step 4

Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add sliced karela and stir-fry for four to five minutes or till slightly browned.

Step 5

Add chopped onions and stir-fry for three to four minutes.

Step 6

Add ginger paste, garlic paste and again stir-fry for one or two minutes. Add tomato puree and cook further for a few minutes.

Step 7

Add ground powder, grated jaggery, tamarind pulp and salt. Stir well and add one cup of water and bring to a boil.

Step 8

Reduce to medium heat. Cover and simmer for five minutes.

Step 9

Serve hot.

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