Bitter Melon Chutney

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Bitter Melon Chutney


  • 2 large and ripe Chinese Karela or Chinese Bitter melon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • red chili paste
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt (or as per your taste)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 Tbsp. coconut or olive oil



Heat oil in a medium saucepan and sauté onions and garlic for 2 minutes until onions are translucent. Add the spices and chili paste.  Then add the bitter melon and salt, sauté for an additional 5 to 6 minutes or until the bitter melon is cooked. Allow it to cool. In a blender, add the sautéed bitter melon, lemon juice, tamarind and the remaining ingredients and grind to smooth consistency. Adjust the salt as per your taste.