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Bitter Gourd Curry


Indian name: Karela

Properties of Karela

Taste: Tikat (pungent) and katu (bitter)

Quality: Laghu (light) and ruksh (dry)

Potency: Ushna (warm)

Post-digestive effect: Pungent (katu)


Medicinal properties of karela (bitter gourd)

It is very good for treating diabetes. It lowers blood sugar and cleanses toxins from the body. It improves liver and stomach functions and stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin. It is also good for amenorrhoea. It is good for worm infestation. It increases appetite and stimulates digestive fire. It is also good for reduction of weight.

Dosha analysis of karela
It pacifies kapha and pitta dosha. If taken in moderate quantities, it does not increase vata dosha. This is because of its warm property. People with pitta constitutions should add one teaspoon of ghee for balancing its warm property; otherwise it can increase pitta dosha.


  • Karela, 250 grams

  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped

  • Fresh coriander leaves

  • 4 tsp powdered pomegranate seeds (anar dana)

  • 2 tsp coriander powder

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped

  • Two tsp of fennel seeds

  • Salt to taste

  • Cooking oil or ghee

Wash the karela. Do not peel it. Cut into small pieces from the edges. Heat some oil in a pan. Add the fennel seeds. When they begin sputtering, add the onion to the pan, and fry till pink. Add the chopped tomato and the other spices. Keep stirring till all the spices mix with the tomato. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes till all the spices are mixed well with the tomato and onion gravy. Then add the chopped karela. Add enough water to cover the karela. Cover the pan with a lid. Cook until the karela is soft. Using a pressure cooker would reduce cooking time.