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Karela Gosht

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The perfect combination of moist yet tender lamb pieces and bitter yet tasty bitter gourd slices. A traditional Indian curry with an array of health benefits made with basic pantry spices that is best served alongside some homemade chapatti or naan.
Karela Gosht

Karela Gosht is a delightful fusion of lamb and bitter gourd, seasoned with aromatic spices. Plunge into this article to explore its origins, varied renditions, and the art of preparing it to perfection. Just the name alone transports me on a gastronomic journey across eras and regions. This exquisite dish, showcasing lamb and bitter gourd as its central protagonists, has its origins deeply entrenched in the opulent and diverse culinary tapestry of South Asia.

Hailing from the Indian subcontinent, it’s a delicacy that demonstrates how two seemingly contrasting ingredients can harmonise in a flavourful orchestration. Crafting karela gosht is no walk in the park; it’s more akin to a graceful waltz. Although it demands some patience and a touch of finesse, I wouldn’t necessarily label it as the most challenging dish on the block. Nevertheless, as with any dance, it’s the subtle twists and turns that make all the difference.

So, what’s the secret behind the impeccable balance of lamb and bitter gourd? The lamb, with its hearty and meaty flavour, counteracts the sharp bitterness of the karela. But it doesn’t end there; the magic is further accentuated by the symphony of spices such as turmeric, chilli, and the essential garlic paste.

Tomatoes and green chillies, the supporting actors in this culinary drama, contribute a tangy zest and a hint of spiciness, respectively. And believe me, when all these elements unite, the result is nothing short of a culinary masterpiece.

Karela gosht is more than just a dish. It stands as a testament to the beauty of culinary experimentation and the timeless charm of traditional recipes.

Whether you’re an experienced chef or a novice, this dish promises a flavoursome expedition you wouldn’t want to miss. So, fasten that apron, gather your ingredients, and let’s embark on a journey into the world of karela gosht.

The Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd in Your Diet

The bitter gourd, or as I and many others in South Asia affectionately refer to it, Karela.

While its name might not evoke the fondest of memories for everyone (thanks to its bitter taste), I have always been a staunch advocate for this underappreciated vegetable. Why, you may ask? Because of its numerous health benefits.

First and foremost, karela is a powerhouse of essential nutrients. It’s packed with vitamins A, C, and E, all of which are renowned for their antioxidant properties. So, as you enjoy your delicious karela gosht, remember that you’re also nourishing your skin, and trust me, it appreciates it!

Furthermore, karela is known to possess hypoglycaemic properties. It has traditionally been used in many cultures to regulate blood sugar levels. As someone who occasionally indulges in sweet treats, it’s reassuring to know that there’s a natural remedy to maintain balance.

But that’s not all. Bitter gourd promotes good digestion. We’ve all experienced those days when our digestive system seems to be on strike, refusing to cooperate. Incorporating karela into your diet can be an excellent way to soothe your digestive tract.

Now, for those of us who are continually battling those troublesome pimples, karela is your ally. Its blood-purifying properties lead to fewer breakouts and clearer skin.

The more I delved into the health benefits of karela, the greater my respect for this unassuming vegetable became. It’s not just about the flavour; it’s about nourishing our bodies.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that sometimes, the most beneficial things come in challenging packages. In the culinary world, karela is a testament to that.

While I completely understand some people’s reluctance to include it in their meals due to its bitterness, remember that it’s this very bitterness that encapsulates its goodness. So, the next time you encounter a karela, give it a nod of respect, because now you are aware of the treasures it holds within.

Why Lamb is the Ideal Complement for Karela

The appeal of karela gosht extends beyond its distinctive blend of ingredients. I’ve frequently encountered the question, “Why lamb? Why not any other meat?” My culinary journey has taught me that every pairing serves a purpose, and the fusion of lamb and Karela attests to that fact.

Upon my initial encounter with karela gosht, the tender lamb seized my attention. Lamb, with its rich and mildly gamey flavour, harmonises with the bitter gourd in a manner that most meats cannot replicate. As I delved deeper into the art of cooking, I began to appreciate the subtleties of this combination.

Lamb possesses richness and inherent depth that accentuates the intricacies of any dish. When simmered slowly, as in karela gosht, it releases its juices, which intermingle with the spices and the Karela, yielding a sumptuous gravy that’s irresistibly tantalising. Each mouthful of lamb serves as a testament to the multifaceted nature of this dish.

Now, consider the karela, a vegetable known for its pronounced bitterness. When consumed in isolation, it can overwhelm many palates. However, introduce lamb into the equation, and a remarkable transformation takes place.

The robustness of lamb offsets the bitterness, resulting in a delightful equilibrium. Every time I unite these two elements, I am awestruck by how they elevate one another, demonstrating that, in food as in life, opposing forces indeed attract.

I’ve experimented with other meats—chicken, beef, and even fish. Yet, none possess the unique allure that lamb brings to the table. It underscores the beauty of traditional recipes honed over generations.

While innovations are certainly welcome, there’s a reason why certain pairings, such as lamb and karela, endure the test of time.

Check Out My Other Recipes

When I first savoured the depth and earthiness of karela gosht, it took me on a journey through the labyrinth of Indian cuisine. And if you’ve developed a penchant for it as I have, then let me share a few dishes that exude the same aromatic authenticity.

Remember that first time you smelled the tantalising aroma of chicken biryani? Its perfect blend of spices and tender chicken nestled amidst fragrant rice has a unique way of making every mouthful a story.

Then there’s bhuna gosht, a dish that shares the robust meaty essence of karela gosht. Every bite will make you reminisce about the many family feasts and celebrations back in India.

Palak gosht – oh, how it reminds me of home! The rich and creamy spinach mixed with tender pieces of meat is almost poetic in its delivery. And speaking of richness, chicken karahi is another dish that takes me back. Its spicy and hearty gravy always pairs perfectly with fresh Naan bread.

Lastly, the lamb curry is not just food; it’s an emotion. The tenderness of the lamb with a blend of aromatic spices offers a symphony of flavours, akin to the rustic charm of karela gosht.

Do these tantalise your taste buds? Dive into these recipes and find your own journey through Indian cuisine. I’d absolutely love to hear about your experiences and favourites in the comments below. Dive in and savour the experience!

Karela Gosht

Karela Gosht

A traditional Indian curry with an array of health benefits made with basic pantry spices that is best served alongside some homemade chapatti or naan.
5 from 2 votes
Sadia Halimah Aziz
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 357kcal


  • 350 g Lamb
  • 500 g Bitter Gourd
  • 2 Onions finely sliced
  • 4 Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves sliced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Fenugreek methi
  • 1 Jalapeño Chilli finely sliced


  • In a pan add the lamb pieces and the salt then brown the lamb for 1-2 minutes until some water is released
  • Add the hot water then cover and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes
  • Add the finely sliced onions and chopped garlic cloves then cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat until softened
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for a further 3-4 minutes
  • Add the chilli powder and turmeric powder then cook the spices for 4-6 minutes
  • Add the finely sliced jalapeño chilli then cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Cut the bitter gourd into 1-2cm thick pieces and mix the bitter gourd into the masala
  • Cover and cook for 20 minutes until the bitter gourd has softened
  • Add the dried fenugreek leaves and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Your karela gosht is ready!



Calories: 357kcal
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I’m Sadia, the person behind The Aziz Kitchen. A 20-and-some year-old Muslim aspiring doctor and writer who loves to experiment with cooking, baking and all things food. On this blog you will find my favourite, delicious, family-friendly recipes.

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