Sauteed Bitter Melon with Potatoes and Garlic---Korolla Bhaji

As you have seen from my previous post that Karela or Bitter Melon is really good for you, you might be wondering how to make it a part of your diet. As I mentioned, Karela is bitter and isn't the tastiest of veggies eaten raw.
As I mentioned, Karela is bitter and isn't the tastiest of veggies eaten raw. This recipe is simple and requires very few ingredients. When served with steamed rice and daal, the bitterness is cut dramatically and the flavor shines through.

3 tbsp cooking oil
1 lb karela washed, seeded, chopped and marinated in a tbsp salt
2 medium potatoes thinly sliced
1 medium onion sliced
3 cloves garlic sliced
2 green chillies or to taste
1 tsp ground turmeric
salt to taste

Wash the karela of all the salt and set aside.This cuts some of the bitterness.
In a wide pan or skillet, add the oil and once hot, add the onions and garlic.
Once the onions and garlic brown slightly, add the karela, chillies, turmeric and salt.
Sautee on high for a minute before turning the heat to medium and covering with a tight fitting lid. The veggies will cook in their own liquid..
After 7 minutes, the karela should be halfway cooked. Add the potatoes at this point. You shouldn't need any additional liquid. If the mixture sticks, add some more oil and turn down the heat furthur.
After you add the potatoes, don't stir much, just flip over once after the bottom browns slightly.
Remember to cook covered at all times on low heat until the veggies are tender and almost crispy.

Happy Cooking!


  1. What a lovely blog you have! Very informative too! Enjoyed reading through your posts! Nice way of preparing bitter gourd. Bitter gourd is a favourite in my family. And thanks for lovely comments on my blog :)

  2. One vegi that i just don't like !!! but your pics is making me crave for it now :)May be I should give it chances at times!

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