By Rumana Zahn

This tapered and bubbly looking vegetable is a very bitter food but with the spices the flavours work well together. I prescribe this recipe for diabetics as the elements in this food helps balance blood sugars. You will be able to find it in your local Asian food store.


1 lb/450g Karela
1 large onion
1 tsp ajwain
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp paprika
¼ tsp chilli (or to your taste)
½ tsp salt
Handful of fresh coriander


  1. Slice the karela in half lengthwise, then slice across and fry lightly.
  2. Separately fry onions, spices and ajwain for a few minutes.
  3. Add the karela, a tiny bit of water and steam for 5 mins or until tender.
  4. Serve with some fresh coriander.