Bitter Gourd pickle, locally known as “Karli cha Loncha” in Marathi or “Karela ka Achaar” in Hindi, is the end product of bittle gourds pickled with oil and other spices. It gets its distinct green colour from the green chilies and other spices used in its preparation. Bitter Gourd pickle is a popular condiment used all over India as a flavor agent served in India. It pairs well with dal rice, curd rice, chapatis/rotis and parathas.
In the initial process of preparing this pickle, it has a strong bitter taste, after letting it ferment for a while it softens and acquires a taste closely related to sour and spicy.
Fermented pickles are a great addition to your diet as they are full of gut-healthy bacteria called probiotics which help in fighting diseases.
Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd Pickle (करल्या चा लोन्चा):
Bitter gourds are not only blessed with taste but also a lot of medicinal properties as mentioned below:
- Helps in Digestion
- Boosts Immunity
- Reduces Sugar
- Helps with Diabetes
- Helps in Skin and Hair Care
- Keeps cholesterol levels in check
Good Source of:
- Calories: 50Kcal
- Fat: 3.5g
- Sodium: 1,430mg
- Carbohydrate: 3g
- Protein: 1g
- Iron: 4%