Let's be honest, our meals are incomplete without pickles. There is something special about homemade pickles. They add such amazing flavour to our homecooked food. What if we tell you that there is a pickle prepared using bitter gourd or karela? Bitter gourd or karela is one of the most commonly prepared vegetables in India. How about turning it into a delicious pickle? This pickle is really easy to prepare and will add flavour to your delicious meals! 


Karele Ka Achaar Recipe Card

Easy way to turn bitter gourd into a tasty pickle!

Total Time :
40 min
Preparation Time :
20 min
Cooking Time :
20 min
Servings :
Cooking Level :
Tanya Malik


  • 8 bitter gourd or karela
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/3 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp chilli powder
  • handful of curry leaves
  • 8 green chillies
  • 1/2 tbsp mustard seeds
  • salt as required


Step 1
Wash bitter gourd properly and then wipe using a cotton cloth.
Step 2
Cut bitter gourd, length wise into halves and dig out the seeds.
Step 3
Chop green chillies.
Step 4
In a bowl, add bitter gourd, green chillies, salt and mix well.
Step 5
Now take a pan and add 1 tsp oil.
Step 6
Add curry leaves to the oil and take off flame.
Step 7
In the same pan, add 2 tbsp oil and add mustard seeds.
Step 8

karela mixture

Add bitter gourd to the pan and mix well.
Step 9
Next add curry leaves, chilli powder, asafoetida powder and salt to the mix.
Step 10
Store the pickle in air-tight containers. Add oil to the jars and keep them under sunlight for 2-3 days.