Tag Archives: Bitter gourd

Karela Gosht/ Karele Gosht

Karele gosht “not so favourite” dish of Pakistan but yeah “favourite dish” of “some people” in Pakistan. Bitter gourd is a bit bitter so people dont like it much but when it is cooked in spices and onion it tastes good.

Bitter gourds have many nutritional and health benefits and one of them is they are good for diabetes.


  • 1kg bitter gourd/ karele (peeled, cleaned and sliced)
  • 500 grams mutton
  • Some salt
  • Water
  • 3 medium sized onions (sliced)(divided into two parts)
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • A black cardamom
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 tbspn ginger and garlic (freshly crushed)
  • 1 cup oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn Ayesha’s Kitchen Garam masala
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • ½ tspn coriander powder


-Apply some salt on sliced bitter gourds and keep aside for 30 minutes.

-Now rinse thoroughly and keep aside for 10 minutes in a strainer to dry access water.

-Heat ½ cup oil in a frying pan and fry them until they are golden brown. Take them out on a clean kitchen paper tower and discard the oil.

-In a pressure cooked, combine meat, ½ onion, a black cardamom, a piece of cinnamon, some water and salt and pressure cook for 4 whistles or until the meat is tender (tender and in shape).

-Take off the pressure cooker and cook on high heat until the water dries. Add the remaining oil and fry the meat for 2 minutes. Now add tomatoes and spices and cook until the tomatoes lose their stiffness.

-Now add fried bitter gourd and mix. Add rest of the onions and green chillies and let it cook covered on low -medium heat for about 5 – 7 minutes.

-Serve with hot home-made chapattis.

Keema Karele (Roasted, Simmered Curry)

Keema karele is one of the variety of dishes made with bitter gourd in Pakistan. I love this dish ……..

Ayesha's Kitchen


  • ½ kg beef/mutton mincemeat
  • 1 kg bitter gourd (peeled and cleaned) (cut into cubes)
  • 2 onions (sliced)(medium sized)
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 tbspns yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • ½ tspn coriander and cumin powder
  • ¼ tspn garam masala
  • 2 small green chillies sliced
  • 1 tbspn chopped coriander
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn ginger garlic paste
  • 2 – 4 black peppercorns


-Peel, clean, cut and wash bitter gourds and fry them in ½ cup of oil. When they are brown, take them out in a plate with a slotted spoon. -Discard the oil and wash the pan.

-Heat oil and fry mincemeat and ginger garlic paste in it until its half cooked. Now add all the spices, tomato and yogurt and roast until very less moisture is left. Now add onion and fried bitter gourd and mix well. Add some green chilllies and coriander and stir fry until everything is mixed and oil come out.

-Dish it out and serve hot with homemade roti and mint coriander chutney.


Serves 3.