Karela Kachri (Bitter-Gourd Roundels ) – Diabetes Friendly Thursdays

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An estimated 371 million people, corresponding to 8.3% of the world’s adult population, had diabetes in 2012. The number is expected to grow to 552 million by 2030.

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Bitter Melon / Karela / Bitter Gourd 

Source – www.diabetes.co.uk 

Disclaimer – I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. All the information gathered is studied through and compiled together. Please consult your doctor and dietician for more specifications.


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Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd or karela (in India), is a unique vegetable-fruit that can be used as food or medicine. The fruit contains at least three active substances with anti-diabetic properties, including charantin, which has been confirmed to have a blood glucose-lowering effect, vicine and an insulin-like compound known as polypeptide-p.

These substances either work individually or together to help reduce blood sugar levels.

It is also known that bitter melon contains a lectin that reduces blood glucose concentrations by acting on peripheral tissues and suppressing appetite – similar to the effects of insulin in the brain.

This lectin is thought to be a major factor behind the hypoglycemic effect that develops after eating bitter melon.

Ways to consume Karela / Bitter melon

1. Karela / Bitter Melon  Tablets.

2. Consume it whole in your cooking.

3. Karela and Cinnamon for reducing fasting levels.

4. Bitter Melon Juice. Grate the outer skin, add little water, squeeze and sieve it. 


1. Limit yourself to no more than two ounces of bitter melon (or more than two melons) a day, as excessive consumption can cause mild abdominal pain or diarrhea.


p style=”margin:1em 0;padding:0;”>2. If you are considering using bitter melon for glycemic control, you should consult your doctor or healthcare professional first to check that it is safe for use alongside your prescribed diabetes medication, as there is the risk that taking bitter melon together with these drugs and/or insulin could cause hypoglycemia (extremely low blood sugar).


If you are not a Karela fan, believe me that you will eat it with much pleasure. My husband who “hates” karela otherwise, took 2nd helping!

Karela Kachri

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Kitchen Equipments Required

Cutting board, knife, heavy bottom pan with lid, stirring spoon, oven and baking tray (read the foot notes).


Karela / Bitter melon – 6, medium size 

Onions – 1 cup, thinly sliced 

Oil – 1/2 + 1&1/2 tsp (2 tsp on total)

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp 

Asafetida / hing – a pinch

Coriander powder – 1 tbsp

Fennel powder – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric – 1/2 tsp 

Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste 

Amchur / Dry mango powder – 1/2 tsp

Cilantro leaves – 2 tbsp, finely chopped


1. Wash the Karela (bitter melon). Remove the stem. Wipe it dry with kitchen towel. Cut the karelas in thin discs. Toss these discs in 1/2 tsp oil. Spread them out on baking tray. Grill or broil them in the oven till dry and slightly brown. Grill the kachris under your observation. Do not burn these. It takes approximately 2-4 minutes, depending upon the quality of karela and the type of oven. This step will cut down the extra oil which is traditionally required in frying these first. Set these aside.


2. Heat 1&1/2 tsp of oil in the heavy bottom pan. I use hard anodized pans for my cooking. You may use non stick pan. It is a good investment for diabetic friendly cooking. 

3. Once the oil is hot, lower the flame to medium. Add asafetida and cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds crackle, add sliced onions. Sauté the onions on medium flame for 5-7 minutes, till they are reddish gold.

4. Now add the oven crisped Karela kachris to the pan. Sauté for a minute.

5. Add all the spices to the pan. Toss well to coat eve
nly. Sprinkle the pan with 1&1/2 tbsp of water. Cover with lid. Cook on lower medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes. Stir ocassionally for even cooking. Add chopped cilantro leaves in the end and stir.

7. The karela Kachri is ready in minimal oil and full of flavors, cooked just right.

Serving Suggestion

Make it a complete meal by combining it with 1/2 cup of low fat yogurt and 2 thin multi grain rotis/chapatis. 2 karelas/bitter melons in number is what is recommended for diabetic consumption for 1 serving. Approximately,  1/3 cup (1/2 normal size Indian katori) cooked karela Kachri is advised. 


Do give me a feedback if you try it.


You may sundry the Karela kachris and store in air tight container.

You may pan fry the karela kachris on lowest heat. 


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  1. Coming from a family of diabetic history, married into a family of diabetics, bitter gourd is a staple at my home, 24 X 7. I have never tried the grilling method. This looks something new and interesting.

  2. Coming from a family of diabetic history, married into a family of diabetics, bitter gourd is a staple at my home, 24 X 7. I have never tried the grilling method. This looks something new and interesting.

  3. Really interesting. I didn’t know that about Bitter gourd, I will try to find them, My Nando has diabetes, I give him cinnamon and other supplements and a special diet along with insulin but am always looking for other things I can do to help him.