Dry Karela Subzi

Dry Karela Subzi

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An exciting mixture of sweetness, tanginess and spiciness makes this Dry Karela Subzi a fabulous treat for your palate.

What makes this subzi so enjoyable is the perfect way in which the bitter gourd is prepared – right from marinating in salt, to washing it with water after cooking it on a tava.

This gives it a very nice mouth-feel and also removes the bitterness to a great extent.

Once the bitter gourd is ready, it is cooked with a range of taste-enhancing ingredients such as onions, tomatoes, spicy pastes and curds, which lend it an awesome aroma and irresistible taste.

Since the karela is marinated in salt, we have not added more salt later while cooking it, but if you would like a little more salt, feel free to add it.

If you are one who loves karelas then you must also try our other recipes like the Masala Karela and the Crispy Karela .

Dry Karela Subzi recipe - How to make Dry Karela Subzi

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 3 servings
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10 bitter gourd halves (cut vertically)
salt to taste
1 1/2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp thick curds (dahi)
2 tbsp grated jaggery (gur)
1/2 tsp green chilli paste
1/2 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
1/2 tsp ginger (adrak) paste
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

  1. Scoop the bitter gourd halves using a spoon or your fingers.
  2. Slice them thinly, put them in a bowl, add a little salt and toss well. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Squeeze out all the excess water and discard the water.
  4. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) , place the squeezed karela on it, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 8 minutes, while tossing occasionally.
  5. Wash the karela slices and keep aside.
  6. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the tomatoes, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the curds, jaggery, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 1 minute, while stirring continuously.
  9. Add the green chilli paste, garlic paste, ginger paste, chilli powder and turmeric powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  10. Add the karela slices, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  11. Serve hot.
Nutrient values per serving
Energy166 cal
Protein2.8 g
Carbohydrates20.3 g
Fiber6 g
Fat8 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A324.9 mcg
Vitamin B10.1 mg
Vitamin B20.1 mg
Vitamin B30.8 mg
Vitamin C121 mg
Folic Acid9.4 mcg
Calcium68.2 mg
Iron1.4 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium8.2 mg
Potassium287 mg
Zinc0.6 mg


Dry Karela Subzi
 on 05 Sep 19 11:30 AM

Tarla Dalal
06 Sep 19 08:46 AM
   Thanks for the feedback. It does help others use the site for its information.
Dry Karela Subzi
 on 05 Mar 19 04:43 AM

I would like to prepare this recipe as I love Karela and being Diabetic it’s good for me! But I have a problem with item #5, is it in the right order? Why should it be washed all over again after it’s been cooked for 8mins. Shouldn’t #5 be placed after item #2? Then it makes sense to me. Please advise! Thanks Julius
Dry Karela Subzi
 on 16 Aug 18 08:25 AM

hi..I tried this recipe but my karela was raw..it didn''t got cooked properly
Tarla Dalal
16 Aug 18 09:25 AM
   Hi Vidisha, Ensure that you cook them on a medium flame and not high flame while tossing occasionally.
Dry Karela Subzi
 on 03 Jan 18 07:16 AM

I love this recipe. I cooked it for my Mom and Grandma. I added a spin to the karela. Instead of all the pastes, I put ginger, and as a replacement for red chilli powder, I put black pepper powder. It was not that bitter. Mt mom used to watch Cook It Up with Tarla Dalal. I will keep using Tarla Dalal.com
Tarla Dalal
04 Jan 18 08:34 AM
   Hi Neelesh, great to know you have tried this recipe with a twist, and it has worked. Do keep trying more recipes and give us your feedback..
Dry Karela Subzi
 on 02 Jan 17 06:40 AM

very nice. perfect for whole family
Tarla Dalal
02 Jan 17 08:45 AM
   Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you liked them. Happy Cooking !!
Dry Karela Subzi
 on 20 Dec 16 09:56 AM

I love eating karelas and this vegetable tastes just perfect. The sabzi dosen''t taste very bitter and is very tasty to eat with with my hot rotis. Ideal for my tiffin box too.