Bitter Gourd Pickle/Karela Pickle Recipe

Bitter Gourd Pickle/Karela Pickle Recipe

Ingredients for Bitter gourd Pickle

    • Bitter gourd - 500 grams ( 7-8 medium sized)
    • Heeng (asafoetida) - equal to one pea
    • Jeera (cumin) - 2 tsp
    • Methi (fenugreek) - 2 tsp
    • Saunff (fennel) - 4 tsp
    • Rie/yellow mustard - 2 tsp (crushed)
    • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
    • Red chilly powder -  1 tsp
    • Black salt - 1 tsp
    • Plain salt -  3 tsp
    • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
    • Mustard oil - 200 grams (1 cup)
    • Vinegar -1 tbsp or juice of 2 lemons

How to make Bittergourd Pickle

Get nice long shaped Bitter gourds from the market. Wash bitter gourds twice with clean water then place them in a strainer or plate to drain out remaining water. Cut off its stems. Cut the bitter gourds into thin round pieces.

Put 1 tsp salt to the pieces of bitter gourds and keep aside for 1 hour in a utensil. This releases the bitter water from them, put these salt coated bitter gourds in boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. Keep the bitter gourd pieces in a strainer and remove excess water, keep the pieces on a washed cloth for 2-3 hours in the open/sun to dry the water on them.

Roast Heeng, Jeera, Methi and Saunff till they turn light brown. Grind these reoasted spices with yellow mustard to a coarse powder.

Now keep the bitter gourd pieces in a dry utensil, also put the roasted spices and salt, mix all these ingredients properly. Squeeze the juice from the lemons on the bitter gourd pieces and mix with a spoon.

Fill a glass or plastic container with the bitter gourds mixed in spices, you can also keep this container in the sun. Stir the pickle everyday for the next 4 days with a clean and dry spoon. Sour bitter gourd pickle with a mouth watering smell is ready. Serve during breakfast or dinner with hot paranthas.

This pickle can be eaten for 15-20 days. To increase its shelf life keep the pickle in the fridge or add mustard oil enough to submerge the pickle completely.