Karela Kadhi Recipe

Karela Kadhi is a diabetic friendly comfort dish that you can serve with steamed rice. It is a delicious summer dish which helps you beat the scorching heat too.

Archana's Kitchen
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Kadhi is a comfort food for all seasons. Kadhi chawal is one of its best combinations and Karela Kadhi Recipe is a kadhi made with bitter gourd.

This is a versatile and delectable dish is a food culture of India, different regions of India make kadhi slightly different from the other. 

Serve Karela Kadhi Recipe along with Jeera Rice, Phulka, Bharwa Besan Mirch and Kachumber Salad for a weekday meal.

If you like this Kadhi Recipe, here are a few more that you can make for your everyday meals:

  1. Punjabi Bhindi Kadhi Recipe
  2. Sindhi Kadhi Recipe
  3. Rajasthani Kadhi Recipe
  4. Gujarati Kadhi Recipe

Cuisine: Rajasthani
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Diabetic Friendly
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

30 M


3-4 Servings


  • 1 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon Gram flour (besan)
  • 1-1/2 cups Water
  • Salt , to taste
  • 2 Karela (Bitter Gourd/ Pavakkai) , de skinned, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/2 Onion , finely chopped
  • 3 Green Chillies , crushed to paste
  • 1/2 inch Ginger , crushed to paste

How to make Karela Kadhi Recipe

  1. To prepare Karela Kadhi Recipe, whisk together curd, water and besan well making sure no lumps are formed. Keep it aside.

  2. Slice bitter gourd, soak them in salted water until use, this will remove some of the bitterness from the gourd.

  3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add onions and sauté until translucent. 

  4. Once the onions are soft and translucent, add curry leaves, green chilli, garlic paste and sauté until there is no raw smell of ginger left.

  5. Add sliced bitter gourd and sauté for about 5 to 7 minutes. Add salt to taste.

  6. Finally, add besan yogurt mix and stir. Simmer and let it cook until you it begins to boil. Once done, switch off the heat and serve.

  7. Serve Karela Kadhi Recipe along with Jeera Rice, PhulkaBharwa Besan Mirch and Kachumber Salad for a weekday meal.