Karela Palya
Bitter gourd is imbued with a unique taste. Here is an innovative recipe that will be liked by all.
Chef Gautam Mehrishi Karela Palya Recipe

- Indian


- 4

Cooking Time

-10-15 Min


- Medium

Preparation Time

- 10 Min


  • 7 to 8 bitter gourd
  • 1½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 to 4 tbsp mustard oil
  • 2 tsp sambar masala
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp split black gram
  • 1½ tsp tamarind paste
  • 2 to 3 tbsp oil
  • 5 to 6 dry red chillies
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 11 to 12 curry leaves
  • salt
  • water
  • Split black gram roasted


  1. 1

    Peel the skin of the bitter gourds into a bowl.
  2. 2

    Add a pinch of salt to it and mix with turmeric powder.
  3. 3

    Split the bitter gourds into two and remove the seeds.
  4. 4

    Keep the split seedless gourds in another bowl.
  5. 5

    Pour a little mustard oil and marinate with some sambar masala.
  6. 6

    Leave it for five to six minutes.
  7. 7

    Heat a little mustard oil in a pan.
  8. 8

    Add mustard seeds and split black gram into the oil.
  9. 9

    When the black gram becomes crunchy, add the bitter gourd skin.
  10. 10

    Add a little tamarind paste into this which will neutralise the bitterness.
  11. 11

    Mix it with water.
  12. 12

    Add a little brown sugar.
  13. 13

    Cook it for a few minutes to make the proper filling.
  14. 14

    Fill the sambar masala marinated bitter gourds with this mix.
  15. 15

    Add a little oil into the same pan.
  16. 16

    Saute red chillies curry leaves and a little sambar masala.
  17. 17

    Add a little oil into the same pan.
  18. 18

    Saute red chillies curry leaves and a little sambar masala.
  19. 19

    Place the filled bitter gourds in this masala.
  20. 20

    Pour a little water.
  21. 21

    Cook it on a low flame for 12 to 14 minutes.
  22. 22

    Once cooked well, transfer it to a serving dish with roasted split black gram.
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Chef Gautam Mehrishi loves a fragrant pot of desi ghee, biking through the Himalayas and adding a twist to Indian food, not necessarily in that order! His grandpa was his earliest fan who urged him to follow his passion and cook professionally, and he’s never looked back! He’s a familiar face on television, including LF where he hosts multiple shows.

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