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Karela... anyone?

mahas Jun 20, 2012 09:51 PM


Has anybody ever cooked with Indian Karela (aka bitter melon or bitter gourd). I always like to try out new vegetables, but the karelas seem trickier than most.
Any recipe ideas would be great.

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    bulldog Jun 20, 2012 10:45 PM


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    1. re: bulldog
      mahas Jun 21, 2012 08:02 AM

      Thank you! Looks like it's going to be a tough one to love.

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      Harters Jun 21, 2012 08:38 AM

      Never cooked with it, but a restaurant not too far away has it in a karahi lamb dish. I think it's delicious - adding not really bitterness but something of an intriguing flavour.

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        AlkieGourmand Jun 21, 2012 10:59 AM

        I have. To be honest, I don't like them very much, but I don't hate them either. Ample amounts of salt definitely makes them taste much better. Fuchsia Dunlop has a simple recipe where you just dry fry sliced bitter melon in a wok until cooked, and then add peanut oil and salt for flavoring. I like this better with sesame oil.

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