Food & Recipes

Karelye Qeema

Qeema kareyle is one of the famous Pakistani recipe made with beef mince and bitter melon . It’s quite time taking recipe  but I tried to make it simple.Lets start step by step.

Ingredients :

Qeema :1/2 kg hand chopped

Bitter Melon (Karele): 300 gm

Onion: 2 medium  (sliced)

Tomatoes:2 medium (chopped)

Ginger and garlic  paste :1 tbs

Chili powder:according to taste

Turmeric powder (Haldi):1 tsp

Coriander powder (Dhania Powder):2 tsp

Paprika powder: 1.5 tsp

Salt :to taste

Tamarind paste:1 tsp

Achar masala: 1tbs (prepared)

Ingridents  for Achar masala :

Fennel seed (Saunf):2 tsp

Mustard seed (Rayee Dana):2 tsp

Fenugreek seed (Methi Dana):1/2 tsp

Coriander  seed (Sabut Zeera ):2 tsp

Nigella seed (Kalonji):1 tsp

Grind all ingredients in a coffee grinder, stored  in dry glass jar.can be used up to 6 months.


First you need to peel and cut the bitter melon aka karela,soak in salted water and leave it for 1 hour.wash it with tap water ,drain the water and Dry karelye slices on paper towel.20161227_133101

Heat oil in cooking pan/pot,shallow fry karalye slices to golden brown,remove from oil and set aside.20161227_133558

In same oil fry onion to light golden brown,add ginger garlic paste sauté  it now add red chilli powder,turmeric powder, dhania powder,paprika powder,salt and achari masala (recipe given above). Cook  onion and dry ingredients  , mixed well ,add water and make masala.Cook it for 5-10 mins.20161227_140100.jpg

Now add Qeema , mixed well with masala,cook it Medium /low heat . Add water if required it should be near to cook when you add tomatoes .Add tomatoes  cook it 15 mins.When oil separates from the edges, add fried karyele slices and put on  low flame for another  15 mins.Add tamarind  paste and mixed it well and leave on low flame for 5 mins.Qeema karalye is ready to served.Garnish with chopped green chilies and hara dhania,serve with rôti or naan ..enjoy!!


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