Karela is a vegetable few like but our family is crazy about it including my 10 yr old. Buying them here in an Indian store is challenging at times and so this time I decided to give it longer life through pickling it. So here it goes .... Sweet , sour and bitter it fulfills all my needs of taste buds.
3 chopped karelas
1 chopped onion
1/2 can chopped tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato paste
(Can use just chopped tomatoes)
2 tbsp crushed chilli ginger
1/4 cup chopped garlic
2 tbsp jaggery
1/2 cup oil
1/4 tsp hing
1 tbsp Chana dal
1 tbsp urad dal
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp methi seeds
1/2 tsp haldi
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp dhaniya powder
2 tsp sambhar powder
Salt to taste
Heat oil and add hing, mustard and methi let it crackle.
Add Dals and let them color.
Add curry leaves and garlic and let it color.
Add the ginger paste and cook on high heat.
Add the onions and karela and mix well.
Add salt and haldi and cover to cook.
When half done add tomatoes and cover to cook.
Add all the masalas and gur and cook till oil comes out of this pickle.
Store in a clean bottle. Stays well for long.