Instant Pot Bitter Gourd Curry | Karela Curry



    • 3 medium size bitter gourd/bitter melon/ pavakkai / Kakkaraya / Karela chopped
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 3 chopped garlic
    • 1 small ball size tamarind
    • Salt (adjust to taste)
    • 1 tsp jaggery
    • Chopped cilantro (optional)
    • Masala Powders:
      • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
      • 1 tsp red chili powder (adjust to taste)
      • 2 tsp coriander powder (adjust to taste)
      • 1 tsp cumin powder (optional)
    • Tadka / Tempering:
      • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
      • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
      • 1 tsp Urad dal/ White Gram
      • 1 tsp Chana dal / Split Bengal Gram
      • 1/4 tsp black pepper (optional)
      • Curry leaves (optional)
      • 2 red chilies
      • Hing / Asafoetida (little)

    • In a vessel add sliced bitter gourd, salt and water.  Soak it for 10 minutes, it will reduce the bitterness of this curry.
    • In a separate bowl, add tamarind and soak it in water for 10 minutes.  It will help to make juice easily.
    • Turn on instant pot saute mode, when it is hot add oil.
    • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal, whole pepper  and curry leaves.
    • When it is splutter, add red chilies, chopped garlic and chopped onion.  Saute until turns into light brown.
    • Add chopped tomato, saute for a minute.
    • Wash and drain the bitter gourd from salt water and add them.  Saute for a minute.
    • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt.  Quick stir.
    • Squeeze tamarind and strain the tamarind juice.  Add 1 cup of tamarind juice and 1 cup of water with little jaggery. Mix them all.  
    • Close the instant pot lid with sealing position.  Set high pressure for 2 minutes.  Cancel or turn off instant pot after it is done.
    • Open the lid after natural pressure release.  Garnish it with chopped cilantro.
    • Healthy Bitter Gourd Curry is ready.

    • Here I used 6QT DUO instant pot.
    • You can reduce the spice level by reducing the chili powder.
    • You can skip the spices if it is not available.