Friday, 18 November 2011

Bitter Gourd Salad (Kariwila Salad)


Bitter gourd is a healthy vegetable, but most of us don’t like it because of its bitter taste. Anyway I am a bitter gourd lover. This is a simple recipe and this is how we prepare bitter gourd as a salad. May be it is not with full of nutrients as it is a deep fried recipe, but it is tasty & good for those who don’t like the bitter taste much. Because, this is less bitter after deep fried.

Here is the bitter gourd salad recipe from Sri Lanka.

Ingredients: (2 -3 servings)

2-3 Bitter gourds
1 medium size onion
2 green chili or to taste
Salt to taste
1 tsp lime juice
Oil to fry


Wash & slice bitter gourd. Add the slices to salt water. After sliced all, wash & squeeze in salt water. This is to remove some bitter taste.
Deep fry the bitter gourd.
Meanwhile, slice onion & green chili.
Mix deep fried bitter gourd, onion & green chili. Add salt taste. Mix well with lime juice.
Mix the salad just before the meal to keep some crispiness & freshness.

Tip: Normally I deep fry more bitter gourd, drain oil in a tissue, Pack in an air tight container & keep in the fridge. So I can use it in a salad time to time. I do this to save some time & to have a good meal during the office days. :))

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  1. This is almost the same as one of our stir-fry 'upperis'...even raw onions will give a nice contrast.

  2. Quite an unique salad, looks fabulous..

  3. innovative idea........luks gud

  4. I m not a bittergourd fan,but mu hubby is,he will love it.

  5. Always looking for new recipes to try...where do you find bitter gourd? Following you in-a-round-about way from Keepin' Co. Thursday - hope you will follow back :)

  6. healthy and delicious salad, i make a raita by adding yogurt to fried bittergourds..

  7. delicious salad.. very healthy..

  8. Such yummy treats - just in time for the holidays!

    Am your NEWEST Follower via the friday hop - nice to meet you!

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Cooking!

    Sand and Sea


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