Bitter gourd is one of the most underrated vegetables across the globe. Owing to its sharp bitter flavour, it ranks very low on the popularity charts.
Karele Recipes-Popularly known as karela in India, bitter gourd or bitter melon is primarily found in tropical and sub-tropical regions across the globe. It belongs to the cucurbits or the gourd family that includes watermelons, cucumbers and a variety of squash and gourds. It is mostly cultivated across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean islands.
Unfortunately, bitter gourd is one of the most underrated vegetables across the globe. Owing to its sharp bitter flavour, it ranks very low on the popularity charts. However, bitter gourd is widely used in Asian countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines. The Chinese make use of it in some of their most delectable stir-fries, herbal teas as well as a flavouring agent in some of their traditional beers. It holds a significant importance in Japan's Okinawan cuisine (cuisine prevalent in the Okinawa islands of Japan). In other countries, bitter gourd is put to use for making drinks, preparing dishes with meat and sea food like prawns and shrimps, pickling, quick stir-fries and even roasted into snacks.