Pyaz Wale Karele ki Sabzi Recipe - Onion BitterGourd Fry (2024)

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Pyaaz wale karele ki sabzi recipe is a tasty side dish made with bitter gourd and onion. The Karele ki Sabzi recipe goes really well along with roti and paratha. Let us learn how to make tasty karela sabji today…

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I remember those good old days when advertisem*nts were made about common men – people like you and me. Those ads were simple and were made to look like it was just another point of time in our day-to-day lives.

These ads had an instant connect with us. The instances in these ads looked like it was plucked straight out of our lives and this connected us to the brand. And this was what led to brand loyalty.

I still remember my parents using the same brand of detergent or, toothpaste for years.

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The actors in these ads were both not-so-famous models and some celebrities. Celebrity worship in those days wasn’t the way it is now.

So, more than us relating to the celebrity or, being awed at their presence in the ad, it was the content in the ad that connected to us..

Then celebrity worship took a new shape. And celebrities became demi-gods and even gods for some.

And with that changed the advertising world.

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There were very few ads that were made on us – the consumers or, common man. Instead, there were product endorsem*nts.

You would see a celebrity coming on the screen and recommending a product. In fact, it was not just a recommendation. They would act as if they have been using the product for years and are recommending it just because they like it.

But did they really use it?

I suspect. Do you really think a celebrity would use a budget phone when he can easily afford an iPhone? After all that is a status symbol today.

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The fact is that they endorse a product because they get paid for it.

And a lot of people go out there and buy that product just because their favorite star recommended it.

If you are wondering, if that really happens, then the fact is that it does. Else why would all of those companies spend millions on paying these stars in order to endorse their products?

But there are a few others who research, review, and then pick the product that is the best as per their judgment.

Today, all celebrities are no more the “ideals” that they used to be. We have seen in the news recently how some of these role models fell in disgrace.

We are not against any of these celebrities endorsing products. They are getting paid and they have all the right in the world to do it.

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But what is worrying is this other role that celebrities are trying to take these days, that of preachers.

I know of a certain movie star who even represents the UN, coming on television and preaching about not bursting crackers during Diwali (Diwali is a festival where a lot of crackers are burst).

Then after a few days, the same star spends lakhs on fireworks at her wedding. These fireworks are said to have gone on for a few hours.

For celebrities, it is no more “Practise what you preach”. Instead, it looks like “Preach what you are paid for”.

Everything today is an advertisem*nt. And advertisem*nts are governed by money.

As consumers – of products, services, and information, it is important that we use our minds to judiciously evaluate what we are consuming.

Then decide if it is something you really want to consume irrespective of whether it is a product or, a socially relevant message.

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About Pyaz Wale Karele ki Sabzi Recipe

Pyaz wale Karele ki Sabzi is a combination of karela and onion. The addition of lots of onion in this recipe reduces the bitterness of karela and gives it an amazing taste. So even if you are not a karela lover, I would say just try it once and this recipe would be your all-time favorite recipe.

While I was in school I used to tell my Mom that bitter gourd was something probably I would never eat, because of its bitterness. But then I am not sure how this change happened and I started loving any kind of recipes made out of bitter gourd. There is one more recipe that I shared some time back Stuffed Karela ki Sabji. Do try these two recipes and let us know if you like them.

Serving Suggestions for Karele ki Sabji:

Put a good amount of the karela sabji on a plate and eat it with steamed rice. The mix of the slightly bitter karela with the rice is yummy.
Or, you can eat it with roti. The soft roti and the karela make a nice combo. You can even serve this karela ki sabji along with paratha or poori.

Storage Suggestion:

To store Karele ki Sabzi, transfer any leftover karela sabji into an airtight container. Refrigerate properly, and it can be stored for up to 2-3 days. Reheat portions as needed, ensuring thorough heating before consumption.

Pro Tips:

Bitterness Reduction: To reduce the bitterness of bitter gourd, soak the sliced karela in salted water for about 15-20 minutes before cooking. This helps in removing some of the bitterness. But it’s not necessary, you can skip doing that if you like the bitter taste of it.

Thin Slices: Cut the bitter gourd into thin slices. Thinner slices cook more evenly and absorb flavors better during the cooking process.

Onion Magic: Use thinly sliced onions generously. Onions add sweetness and flavor that complement the bitterness of the karela.

Cover and Simmer: Cover the pan while cooking to allow the karela to steam and cook thoroughly. This helps retain moisture and prevents the dish from drying out.

Use Mustard Oil: For an authentic touch, consider using mustard oil for cooking. Heat the oil until it reaches its smoking point, then cool it slightly before adding spices. This brings a unique flavor to the dish.

Freshness with Coriander: Garnish with fresh coriander leaves just before serving. The fresh herbs add a burst of freshness to the dish.

Cook on Low Flame: Slow-cooking on a low flame allows the spices to infuse into the karela, creating a rich and flavorful dish.

Why You Should Make this Recipe:

Good for You: Bitter gourd, the main ingredient, is really good for your health. It has vitamins and stuff that can help with things like blood sugar and digestion.

Tastes Different: Karele ki Sabzi has a special taste. It’s a bit bitter from the gourd but also sweet from the onions, making a tasty mix.

Try Something New: If you like trying different foods, making Karele ki Sabzi lets you explore Indian cooking and enjoy a dish that lots of people like.

Goes with Anything: You can eat it with rice, roti, paratha or poori.

Make It Your Way: You can change the recipe to fit your taste. Add more spice or try different ingredients to make it just how you like it.

Looking for Some More Recipes Like this:

Are you looking for some more sabzi that you can have along with roti, paratha, or poori? Then you might want to check out some of them below.

Baingan Aloo ki Sabzi

Aloo Shimla mirch ki Sabzi

Kathal Aloo ki Sabzi

Aloo Methi ki Sabzi

Spicy Aloo Gobhi ki Sabzi

Basic Ingredients Used to Make this Recipe:

Bittergourd: Bittergourd is the star ingredient, bitter gourd, is known for its unique, slightly bitter taste and various health benefits.

Onion: Onions add sweetness and texture to balance the bitterness of the bitter gourd. You can use shallots or red onions as a substitute.

Mustard Oil: Mustard oil adds an authentic flavor, so I would advise you to use that. But if you want you can use vegetable oil also. Some people do not like the taste and flavor of mustard oil, so in that case, also you can use vegetable oil.

Panchphoran: I love the flavor of panchphoran for this recipe but you can also use cumin seeds or mustard seeds, instead of panchphoran.

Aamchur Powder: Aamchur (dried mango) powder adds a tangy flavor to balance the bitterness of the karela. You can use tamarind paste or lemon juice for a tangy taste if you don’t have aamchur powder.

Others: Whole dry red chili, chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt.

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Pyaz Wale Karele ki Sabzi Recipe

Pyaz wale karele ki sabzi recipe is a tasty side dish. Pyaz wale karele ki sabzi goes really well along with roti and paratha

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Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: Indian

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour

Servings: 5 people

Calories: 232kcal

Author: Puja


  • 10 nos Onions medium, 3 cups, thinly sliced
  • 1 kg Bitter Gourd
  • 1/2 cup Mustard Oil/ Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Panch Phoran
  • 2-3 nos Whole Dry Red Chilli
  • 2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Red Chilli Powder to taste
  • Aamchur Powder to taste
  • Salt to taste


  • In a deep vessel leave, bittergourd immersed in water for about 5-6 minutes, in order to help in removing dirt from them.

  • After that wash karela 3 to 4 times thoroughly in running water.

  • Now cut off both the ends and then cut them from the centre. Remove the seeds and fibre from it.

  • Now chop them thinly and set aside.

  • Heat oil in a big kadai.

  • Add panch-phoran and whole dry red chilli to it.Let them splutter.

  • Now add onion to it and fry for few seconds.

  • Add the chopped bittergourd, turmeric powder and salt to taste. Mix well.

  • Cover the kadhai and let it cook over low flame stirring in between.

  • Once you see that the karela has become soft and is cooked well, remove the lid.

  • Add red chilli powder at this point and give it a nice mix.

  • Increase the flame to medium and cook karela stirring regularly until the oil separates.

  • Now add amchur powder and mix well.

  • Cook again stirring continuously on high flame until you see that the karela has become almost slightly mushy in texture.

  • Turn off the flame and serve hot.

  • This recipe goes really well along with plain chapati and paratha.


Nutrition Facts

Pyaz Wale Karele ki Sabzi Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 232Calories from Fat 198

% Daily Value*

Fat 22g34%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 10mg0%

Potassium 614mg18%

Carbohydrates 8g3%

Fiber 5g21%

Protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 940IU19%

Vitamin C 169mg205%

Calcium 42mg4%

Iron 1.3mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Frequently Asked Questions about this Recipe:

How do I know when the bitter gourd is cooked through?

Heat the mustard oil until it reaches its smoking point, then cool it slightly before adding spices. This helps mellow the strong flavor.

What’s the best way to clean and prepare bitter gourd for this recipe?

Wash the bitter gourd thoroughly, and slice it thinly. Soaking the slices in salted water can help reduce bitterness. If you want you can also scrape off the rough skin of this recipe.

Can I make this recipe without onions?

While onions add sweetness, you can skip them if needed. But Onions, enhance the overall flavor of the dish.

How do I know when the bitter gourd is cooked through?

Bitter gourd turns tender when cooked. Ensure it’s no longer crunchy, and you can easily pierce it with a fork.

What side dishes pair well with Karele ki Sabzi?

It goes well with roti, paratha, or steamed rice. You can also serve it with yogurt or raita for a cooling contrast.

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