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karela nu shaak bitter melon curry

Karela Nu Shaak (bitter melon Indian style)

Shilpa Joshi
Bitter gourd vegetable side or shaak. Traditional Indian Gujarati dish called karela nu shaak or bateta karela shaak as it has potatoes.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 4
Calories 304 kcal


  • Pot


  • 2 karela 500 g
  • 3 small potatoes 385 g
  • ½ yellow onion 75 g
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds rai
  • ½ tsp asofetida hing
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • tbsp cumin/coriander powder dhana jeeru
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • tsp sugar
  • ½ cup cashews roasted and ground


  • Heat oil in pan on medium high. Add mustard seeds. Once start popping add asofetida (hing).
    mustard seeds in oil
  • Add karela to pan. Top with turmeric and salt. Mix and cover. Cook 3 minutes.
    karela nu shaak with spices inp an
  • Add potatoes. Mix and cover. Let cook X minutes.
    bateta karela
  • Add red chilli powder, cumin/coriander blend and sugar. Mix. Cook 2 more minutes then turn off stove.
    spices in bitter melon curry
  • Top with roasted, ground cashews and mix. Serve.
    karela nu shaak


Adding ground roasted cashews gives the dish great flavor and texture
Make sure to give time for the karela to be salted and sweat a bit.  Squeezing after giving time to sweat helps to reduce the bitter taste.


Calories: 304kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 6gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 594mgPotassium: 813mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 222IUVitamin C: 65mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bitter gourd, bitter melon, gujarati shaak, karela bateta, karela nu shaak
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