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Bitter Gourd / Paavaka/ Karela Pickle : Prevention Against Diabetes

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 5:07 PM

Among the various vegetables nature had provided us, bitter gourd is very unique because it has a bitter after taste. Not a popular one and is mostly associated as a medicinal vegetable. It might not be most sought after, but the whole plant has many uses. Adding it to our daily diet can help us fight diabetes and all issues associated with it. Common recipes with bitter gourd are chips, poriyal, in sambar or vathal. This pickle recipe is unique. It is delicious and one cannot find any bitterness in taste.This recipe was given by Pujashri Mathioli Saraswathi, affectionately referred to as Sri Amma. Having a small serving of this in your diet can do you a lot of good. It is almost like the raw mango pickle, only here the mango is replaced with karela. Yesterday for lunch had this pickle as a filling in my bagel and it tasted awesome.


Cutting Board
Measuring Spoons


Bitter Gourd - 2 
Ginger - 2 inches
Green Chillies - 2 
Lemon - 1/2 lemon
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch


1. Cut the bitter gourd into half lengthwise and remove the seeds. 

2. Cut the bitter gourd  and ginger into small pieces ( like mango pickle).

3. Add lemon juice and salt. 

4. Heat oil in the seasoning spoon, add mustard seeds and asafetida and chillies. When the mustard pops add it to the bitter gourd mixture. 

5. Can be refrigerated upto 3 days. 


  1. Nvr knower could prepare pickle with bitter gourd

  2. This pickle sounds very quick and best for diabetic peoples..thanks for sharing.

  3. Very new to me, going to try this out soon..


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