Bitter Gourd or Karela Chutney

•bitter gourd (Karela) – 3 large (deseeded)
•Salt, sugar – to taste
•Oil – 2 tbsp or 3 tbsp (depending on the size of the karela)
•Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp
•Fenugreek Seeds(Methi Seeds) – 1/8 tsp
•Peanuts – 1/2 cup (roughly crushed)
•Sesame Seeds (Til) – 2 tbsp
•Turmeric Powder (Haldi)- 1/4 tsp
•Red Chili Powder – to taste
•Coariander Powder(Whole Dhania powder) – 1 tsp
•Cumin Powder (Jeera Powde)r – 1/2 tsp
•Dry Mango Powder (Amchoor Powder)- to taste
1.Finely chop the Karela.
2.Sprinkle salt, leave aside for 30 minutes.
3.After 30 minutes, squeeze the juice out of it.
4.Stir fry karela on low flame till golden brown and crispy.
5.Heat a skillet on medium heat.
6.Pour in the Oil and once hot, add in the Mustard Seeds and allow them to pop. Add in the Sesame Seeds and allow them to pop.
7.Add in the crushed Peanuts and cook till they turn light golden in color. Add in the Karela, mix well. Also, add in the powdered spices – Red Chili, Coriander, Dry mango, Cumin & Turmeric.
8.Do not preserve the chutney. Advised to consume freshly prepared  chutney. All the way through, remove the cover and allow it to dry out and turn crispy. Add salt and sugar to taste.
NOTE: Bitter gourd is good for maintaining insulin levels
By Vaidehi

Author: ISKCON Desire Tree

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