Caraille/Bitter Melon isn’t a favorite because of the bitterness of it. Once properly prepared however, I think it is delicious!


  • 2 caraille, cleaned/sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, grated
  • hot pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp oil for cooking (ca be adjusted)


  1. Add salt to sliced caraille. Set it aside for approx. 1 hour.
  2. After 1 hour, squeeze as much of the liquid from the caraille using your hands or a cloth.
  3. Set aside to dry for as long as possible (an entire day if possible).
  4. Heat oil in a pot on high heat. Add onions, garlic, hot pepper. Cook until onions are tender.
  5. Add caraille slices. Cook until crispy. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
  6. Serve with dhal and rice or roti and enjoy!


  • Adding the salt to the caraille helps to remove some of the bitterness from it.
  • Drying the slices helps with the crispiness so let them dry for as long as possible. You can also sun dry it if you can.
  • Ensure there is enough oil for all the slices to cook in.


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