Karela/Bitter gourd Chutney powder


by: Poornima Hegde

Karela/Bitter gourd Chutney powder goes great with Hot rice, Idlis and Dosa. The combination of Copra , bitter gourd and chillies is tempting spicy and blissfully tasty. It takes very little time to prepare but can be saved for months.


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serves: 1

1 kilogram Bitter Gourds

1 Tamarind lemon size deseeded

8 Red chillies or more

1 cup Copra

1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida/Hing

Salt to taste

2 teaspoons Coconut Oil

Nutrition Facts
Karela/Bitter gourd Chutney powder

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount per Serving

Calories: 397

  • Total Fat: 12.4 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 8 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 238 mg
  • Total Carbs: 70 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 33.5 g
  •     Sugars: 20.2 g
  • Protein: 16.8 g

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1.  Deseed and grate the bitter gourds. You can chop them finely but I am not sure if the chutney powder will come out dry enough.

2.  Spread the grated bitter gourds on a plate lined with aluminium foil or just a plastic cover and keep it under the sun for at least an hour. The shortcut to this step is to bake without oil for an hour at 150 degrees. This step is done to decrease the moisture of the grated bitter gourds.

3.  You can skip this step if you are preparing less quantity that can be used in 2 or 3 days.

4.  Make small pieces of tamarind, heat a frying pan and fry tamarind pieces and let it cool. In the same frying pan, fry copra, red chillies and asafoetida.

5.  Let them cool and grind to a coarse powder.

6.  Heat the frying pan again and add oil. Add the dried bitter gourd and fry till the aroma starts.

7.  Simmer the flame, add ground powder and salt and mix well. Fry under low flame for 10-15 minutes.

8.  Take off the heat and let the chutney powder cool.

9.  Transfer chutney powder to an air tight container and enjoy!

Cooks' note:
I have made chutney powder out of a kilogram of Bitter gourds. Please feel free to modify the recipe as per the quantity of bitter gourds you are using. The chutney powder tastes better if it is spicy but you can change the quantity of chillies as per your taste.

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