Karela Tameta Nu Shaak

Karela Tameta Nu Shaak is a typical Gujarati vegetarian dish with the bitterness of bitter gourd, the tanginess of tomatoes and sweetness of jaggery. It is a great combination with rice or roti.


  • 1 cup Karela /Bitter gourd, peeled and cut into rings
  • 1 cup Tomato
  • 1 cup Onion
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala
  • Pinch of Asafetida
  • Coriander leaves and chopped tomato for garnishing
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons oil


  1. Apply salt on bitter gourd for an hour to remove bitterness and then wash well.
  2. Pressure cook bitter gourd for 3 whistles.
  3. Heat oil in pan. Add and saute asafetida, garlic paste and onion for 2 minutes.
  4. Add tomato, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala, bitted gourd, salt, jaggery and 2 tsp water, and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Garnish with chopped tomato and coriander leaves.
  6. Serve Karela Tameta Nu Shaak hot with roti or rice.

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