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Bittter Gourd with Poppy Seeds Recipe

Recipe submitted by Kanika Nayar

Recipe type: Low fat, cholesterol free
Preparation time: 25 minute


  • Bitter gourd (cut in round slices) 250 g
  • Poppy seeds 25 g
  • Black mustard seeds 25 g
  • Green chilies 2-3, chopped
  • Cooking oil, 2 Tbsp


  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder 1 tsp
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Kalonji 1 tsp


  1. Soaked the bitter gourd slices in salt-water for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Drain out the salt-water and wash the bitter gourd thoroughly and keep aside.
  3. Grind poppy seeds and mustard seeds, add some water and make a paste.
  4. Heat a non sticking skillet and pour oil. Add kalonji and green chili and saute. Add bitter gourd and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add poppy-mustard paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, sugar and salt and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of water, cover the pan and cook for 10-15 min on a medium flame with cover. When the gravy becomes thick and bitter gourd are soft, remove from heat.
  6. Serve Karela Posto with steaming plain rice.

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