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Bitter Gourd Leaf (Karela leaf) Potato (Aaloo) Bhujia (dry)

  • Servings: 2
  • Preparation time: 3-4 minutes.
  • Frying time: 12 minutes.
  • Total time: 16 minutes.

Coming to new country, meeting new people and setting new house; decorating balcony with potted plant is part of setting house. Especially for my husband who loves to work with potted plant. He started work for greenery in our Tokyo home balcony. He visited so many malls and brought small plant of ‘Money plant’, ‘Christmas plant’, ‘Rubber plant’,’ Chrysanthemum, we purchased many pots and supporting accessories from 100 yen shops. And to my surprise with permanents plants, we are able to grow seasonal plant too. The bitter gourds creepers are one of them; it grew so healthy that it covered almost full clothes drying spaces. I fell in love with these creepers and prepared many recipes from this bitter gourd leaf. One of them is this dry sabji with potatoes…which I never prepared in India; this was first time and it came so delicious; would like to prepare again and again…and here follows the recipe…have a nice day!


  • Karela (Bitter gourd) leaf: 100 gm
  •  Potato: 50-100 gm
  • Onion: 1 onion (small)
  • Lemon: ½ no.
  • Mustard oil: 4 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: one teaspoon
  •  Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Panch-phoran (Mustard seed, fennel seed, cumin seed, Kalongi and fenugreek seed):1 teaspoon


  1. Wash and chop the leaves and potato, keep aside.
  2. Chop onion too into thin slices, keep aside


  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan, Add panch phoran let it sputter for few seconds; add a pinch of turmeric powder.
  2. Add chopped potato; stir fry on medium low flame for 3-4 minutes or until it is 50% done, add onion continue to fry on medium flame for couple of minutes or until onion gets translucent.
  3. Add salt, coriander powder and turmeric powder; continue to fry for another couple of minutes or till potato is about 90% done, add bitter gourd leaves, stir fry for couple of minutes or until it is done.
  4. Put off the flame; add lemon juice.
  5. ‘Bitter Gourd Leaf (Karela leaf) Potato (Aaloo) Bhujia (dry)’ is ready. Serve with any type of Bread, Rice or Paratha.
  6. Note: heavy bottom pan and low heat works better.
Bitter Gourd Leaf (Karela leaf) Potato (Aaloo) Bhujia (dry)
Add panch phoran
Add chopped potato
add onion
Add salt, coriander powder and turmeric powder
potato is about 90% done
add bitter gourd leaves
stir fry until it is done
Put off the flame; add lemon juice

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Bitter Gourd Leaf (Karela leaf) Potato (Aaloo) Bhujia (dry) by Nag Ratna Sahu is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.