Karela (Bitter melon or gourd)

30 mins (prep 15, cooking 15)
12 ingredients
8 servings
As the name suggests, karela are bitter but are known to have therapeutic value, especially for those suffering from diabetes. When tomatoes and other vegetables are mixed with it, the bitterness is reduced. Traditionally people first scrape karela and remove the hard skin. Then they rub salt in them and let them rest for about 1 hour. Then they squeeze out bitter water before using. Karela can be used with any meal or in a sandwich or pita bread. You may prepare them in advance, and refrigerate or freeze them. Or you may freeze uncooked karela. Buy them fresh, when in season, and rinse, trim, and cut them before freezing.

Categories:  fruit , <-30-mins , main-dish , melons , indian , diabetic , time-to-make , asian ,
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Serving Size (62.64 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 50.65 Calories from Fat 36.9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.1g 50.46%
Saturated Fat 0.43g 17.31%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 296.99mg 99.0%
Total Carbohydrate 2.11g 5.62%
Dietary Fiber 0.08 g 2.65%
Sugars 0.04 g %
Protein 3.04g 48.63%
Vitamin A 988.2IU% Vitamin C 50.01mg%
Calcium 49.21mg% Iron 1.19mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, cumin seed, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder