Bitter Melon(Karela) Stir- Fried with Tomatoes ( korola prothom paate )


Bengalis usually begin their meals with something bitter. This preparation is generally made in most bengali households using potatoes. However, keeping in mind the benefits of this vegetable for diabetics, I have been cooking without potatoes for years . The ratio of the karela and tomatoes is 1:1. If you are using a large size karela use a large size tomato and likewise for either medium or small .


  1. Karela or bitter melon ( cut into very small pieces  )     – 2 medium
  2. Tomato ( cut almost same size as karela )                         – 2 medium
  3. Green chilli ( slit lengthwise )                                              –  2
  4. Oil                                                                                              –  1 tbsp
  5. Onion seed                                                                               – 1/2 tsp
  6. salt to taste.


  1. Take a wide frying pan and add oil to it . When the oil heats up, add onion seeds to it . Let them crackle .
  2. Now add karela and coat it very well with the oil and spice .
  3. Spread it on the pan evenly and keep frying on medium flame.
  4. After 8 to 10 mins of frying add tomatoes and cook it in the same manner .
  5. After frying for 5 -8 mins add salt and green chillies . Fry till the tomatoes mix very well with the karela. Cook till oil seperates .
  6. This goes very well with plain rice or even rotis .



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