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Bitter Gourd (Karela) and Potato Mash

Photography Credit – Asha Shreedharan


  • 4 bitter gourds (karela)
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tsp mustard sauce
  • Unrefined salt to taste
  • A small segment of lemon (optional)


Wash and slit the karela lengthwise and remove the seeds. Chop across to have 6 pieces of each karela.  Cut the potatoes into half with skin on. Place all  in a double layer steamer with the potatoes at the bottom and karela on top. Cook until both are soft and can be easily mashed. This takes around 10-12 minutes.

Remove and mash each separately with a fork or potato masher. Add 1-2 tsp of mustard sauce to the karela and mix and mash further. Mix the onion with the potatoes. Add salt to taste.  Serve in a platter with the karela and potatoes side by side. Add a squeeze of lemon if you like.

Serves 8


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