Karela ko Achar ~ Spicy Bitter gourd

Bitter gourd has a lot of medicinal properties and we, Nepali,  love to have this vegetable in many different ways. One of the favorite Karela dish in our family , is Kerala ko Achar which is basically a type of salad which is made with sesame seeds with a twist of lemon and chilli . Enjoy  ! ~ Kamakshi

Prep Time : 15 mins                                  Cook Time : 15 mins
Serves : 4


  • 5 Medium Bitter gourd ( Karela)
  • 5 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Fenugeek seeds ( Methi)
  • 4 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 5 tbsp Sesame seed powder ( sesame seed is dry roasted and ground to make a powder)
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 2 Lime
  • Salt to taste


  1. Slice the bitter gourd into long thin pieces.  Slice the green chillies length wise.
  2. Heat the mustard oil in a pan and add the fenugeek seeds. When the seeds start to splutter , add the green chillies. Saute for a minute and add the sliced bitter gourd and stir fry till the bitter gourd become tender.,
  3. Transfer the cooked bitter gourd into a mixing bowl. Add the red chilli powder, salt, sesame seed powder and lime juice and mix well. Adjust the chillies and lemon according to your taste.
  4. Serve as a salad/side dish.
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4 Responses to Karela ko Achar ~ Spicy Bitter gourd

  1. Prapti says:

    Superb!! luv it !!

  2. Kamakshi says:

    Thanks Prapti 🙂 ….. Our Nepali achar and salads are so easy to make and make a wonderful addition to any meal … Enjoy !

  3. sakahari says:

    i gonna make this! mucho bueno!

  4. Geetanjali yonzon says:

    Hi kamakshi,
    I have hunted for these recipes EVERyWHERE n finally I found whatever I was trying to look for,here. M so relieved, to have found your website. You’ve got mouthwatering, easy recipes here, which I can refer everyday. Plz keep posting new recipes.

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