Bitter Gourd Pickle

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Bitter gourd is good to include in our meal due to its healthy benefits. But, it is bitter in taste and many people don't like it. Bitter Gourd Pickle is the best way to consume Bitter Gourd. Bitter Gourd Pickle is prepared with Bitter Gourd mixed with spices like Fennel seeds, Fenugreek seeds, Mustard Seeds, Cumin Seed, Turmeric powder, Coriander powder, on Red Chilli powder, Asafoetida.

All these spices and Bitter Gourd slices and mixed with  Mustard Oil and when it is kept for a week. Then all spices taste is consumed with Bitter Gourd slices. This Bitter Gourd Pickle is also called Karela Pickle or Karela ka Achar. It tastes good. Even bitter gourd pickle andhra style is also famous.

Lets see this healthy bitter gourd pickle recipe or karela achar recipe...

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

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Quantity: 3 Cups

Taste: Chilly Spicy


  • 3-4 Bitter Gourd (करेला)

Wet Masala

  • Lemon(निम्बू)

Dry Masala

  • 2 teaspoon Fennel seeds (सौंप )
  • 2 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds  (मेथी बीज )
  • 4 teaspoon Mustard Seeds (राई )
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin Seed (जीरा )
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (हल्दी पावडर )
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder (धनिया  पावडर)
  • 2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder (मिरची पावडर)
  • ¼ teaspoon Asafoetida (हिंग)
  • ½ cup Salt (नमक )
  • 2 cup Mustard Oil (राई का तेल)

Bitter gourd pickle recipe / Karela pickle recipe method / karela ka achar banane ki vidhi / how to make karela achar?

step 1

First take Bitter Gourd and rinse it with water thoroughly.

step 2

Second when there is no moisture left on Bitter Gourd then chop it in slices.

step 3

Next take all Bitter Gourd slices in one bowl and sprinkle 4 teaspoon Salt into it and rinse the Salt to Bitter Gourd properly. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.

step 4

After 30 minutes, squeeze the salted Bitter Gourd and drain the juice. Let the Bitter Gourd dry for 30 minutes.

step 5

Afterward, take a pan. Heat it.

step 6

Now, add Fenugreek seeds, Fennel seeds, Cumin seeds and roast it.

step 7

Take a mixer jar.

step 8

Add  Mustard Seeds and roasted Fenugreek seeds, Fennel seeds and Cumin seeds. Blend it coarsely. Keep this aside.

step 9

Again, take a pan and heat it. Pour Mustard Oil in it. When oil is heated, add Asafoetida then add blended masala, Coriander powder, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder. Switch off the gas. Mix it properly.

step 10

Finally, add sliced Bitter Gourd in the masala and add Lemon juice and mix it.

step 11

When cooled down, store this pickle in a clean ceramic or glass jar.

step 12

After 8-10 days, this pickle is ready to eat.

Special Note

  • You can rinse the sliced and salted Bitter Gourd with water to get out all bitterness from it. But, then you have to dry all sliced Bitter Gourd with cotton cloth.
  • We can add 7-8 Garlic Cloves in this Pickle

How to preserve Bitter Gourd Pickle or Karela ka achar ?

This pickle can be preserved for 10-15 days at room temperature. If you want to increase the shelf life of this pickle then add more oil so that it can float on the pickle. You can even store this pickle in the refrigerator.

Variations of  Bitter Gourd Pickle or Karela ka achar 

  • If you like taste of Garlic, then you can add 9-10 Garlic in this pickle
  • We can add 9-10 Green Chillies in this pickle
Bitter Gourd Pickle

How to Serve Karela pickle or Karela ka achar ?

We can serve this pickle with our regular indian meal.

How to increase the taste of while eating ?

We can directly eat this  Bitter Gourd Pickle directly with our regular meal. There is no need to add extra things in this pickle while eating.

Benefits of Bitter Gourd

Bitter Gourd is having many health benefits. Some of them are…
  • Bitter Gourd helps to lower the bad cholesterol levels
  • It is good for glowing skin
  • Bitter Gourd is also good for lustrous hair
  • It also helps in weight loss
  • Consumption of Bitter Gourd
  • It helps to boost your immune system
  • It is also good for eyes
  • Bitter Gourd maintain blood sugar level
Due to bitterness of Bitter Gourd, we avoid adding it in our diet. So, we can eat this  Bitter Gourd Pickle in our diet

If you like to read Bitter Gourd benefits in more details then you can read "6 Benefits of Bitter Melon (Bitter Gourd) and Its Extract".

Disadvantages of Bitter Gourd

Disadvantages of Bitter Gourd are as follows…
  • Vaginal Bleeding, contractions and abortion
  • Vomiting, Diarrhea and stomach disorder
  • Low blood sugar if consumed with insulin
  • Liver damage

Different recipes of  Bitter Gourd

Basically, Bitter Gourd is consumed in the form of Curry or Sabzi. Some of the recipes of Bitter Gourd are…
  • Stuffed Karela
  • Karela Sliced Sabzi
  • Karela Juice
  • Fried Karela Slice

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My experience with  Bitter Gourd Pickle

Bitter Gourd is not much liked by many people due to its bitterness. So including bitter gourd in our meal was a big question for me. So my friend suggested me Bitter Gourd Pickle or Karela achar.

When I prepared it and served it with our regular meal to my family. I was surprised to see that everyone who was hating bitter Gourd previously, was eating this pickle. Meanwhile, karela ka achar banane ki vidhi is very simple and easy.

So, I would suggest you try this healthy pickle and share it with others.


What are the side effects of bitter gourd?

Does bitter gourd affect the kidney?

Is Bitter gourd bad for liver?

Can diabetic people consume bitter gourd?

How do you get rid of bitter gourd bitterness?


Bitter Gourd Pickle or Karela achar is healthy due to Bitter Gourd used in it. I would suggest you cook it and eat it. Also share it with you near ones.

Happy Cooking…

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