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karola (করলা)

Language: Bengali

Description: Bitter gourd. Bitter melon. The bitter gourd or bitter melon is a small, knobbly, crocodile-skinned, dark green, cucumber-like vegetable of the gourd family with silvery-green flesh, pale brown seeds and a very bitter flavour. It is normally split and deseeded and the bitterness can be reduced by salting. It can be braised with other foods and strong spices, pickled or used in salads.

Bitter gourds on sale in Chapman Street in Shadwell in London

Latin: Momordica charantia
Ethnicity: Indian Subcontinent
Most frequent country: Bangladesh, India
Most frequent region: West Bengal
Better known as: karela
Also known as: bitter gourd, bitter melon, bitter nut, hagal kai, kaarela, kaipakka, kakara kayi, kakrol, kantola, karantem, karavila, kareloon, karli, kaveli, kayappakka, korela, paagarkai, paavakkai, pavakkai, ucchhey

See places: Bengali Food and Cuisine

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