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Karela (Bitter Melon)

Karela or Bitter Melon is a vegetable that improves sugar metabolism.  This is an excellent recipe for weight loss, diabetes and hypoglycemia.


  • 2 cups clean chopped Karela (cut lengthwise into fourths, the chopped into very small pieces) 
  • 1-2 tbsp Olive Oil 
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek powder 
  • 2 tsp coriander powder 
  • 4 fresh curry leaves 
  • 1/2 tsp "dry mango powder" (amchoor) 
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric 
  • cooling soma salt to taste 


Warm the oil. Add all the spices and the curry leaves. Add the karela. Blend the karela with the spices and stir fry. Add amchoor after sautéing for 4-5 minutes. Add some water if necessary to avoid burning. cover and cook on medium to low heat for 10 minutes. You may sprinkle 1 tbsp of sucanat and half a cup of hot water at the end to attenuate the bitterness.