Friday, October 30, 2009

Karela (bitter gourd) sambhar


Karela - 1/4 kg

Tamarind - 1 lemon size

Haldi powder (turmeric) -1 tsp

Chana dal - 1 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Daniya seeds (coriander seeds) - 2 tsps

Methi seeds (fenugreek) - 1 tsp

Whole red chillies - 5-6

Curry leaves - few

Salt as required

Hing (asafoetida) - a pinch

Fresh grated coconut - 1 small cup

Chick peas - (optional)

Roast and wet grind:

Chana dal, Urad dal, daniya seeds, methi seeds, red chillies, fresh coconut.

Cut the karela into small pieces and wash them nicely.

Make a thick extract of tamarind water and put karelas, little chanadal and 1/4 cup cooked chick peas (optional) .

Now add salt, haldi powder, curry leaves and the ground masala paste and allow it to boil.

After some time the sambhar will get cooked and will become little thick.

Now the sambhar is hot and ready to be served.

You can have it with rice, pappad, raitha or anything.

The karelas with which I have prepared this dish are from Bangladesh.Since I live in Dubai we often get these Bangladeshi small karelas more often. You can even make this dish with normal karelas from the market.

Now remove from fire and garnish with coriander leaves.


  1. looks yummy.almost the same thing,i posted in my fav one.

  2. This is the first time I've come to know the Dubaiyan karela. The recipe is nice and wonderful!

  3. visit my blog..I have a karela stir fry..try it out..

  4. I had karela sambar once in Chennai and was surprised that you add Karela in sambar but totally enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing the recipe

  5. nice post dear.....yummy sambar.

  6. Good recipe ..Never seen the Bangladeshi karelas before..:D

  7. Was wanting one pagarkkai dish to try. This sounds I can try it on my husband who won't know the vegetable in it!

  8. Delicious sambhar, next time i'll try to add channas..

  9. Looks yummy and healthy sambar..bangladeshi karelas looks great..will it be bitter like the ordinary karela?Never seen or tasted it.

  10. ur title of the blog is really nice
    which it self gives indications of our indian food .. nice dish

  11. bitter gourd in sambar,very unusual one, sounds very interesting,surely must be good to have it as well

  12. We make something similar to this called pitlai :-)... very yummy