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Naati bitter gourds are a variety perfect in size for a stuffed bitter gourd recipe. The charing really helps dial the bitterness down many levels. So don't say no to karela anymore.
Bitter gourd is a tropical vine that belongs to the gourd family and is closely related to zucchini, squash, pumpkin, and cucumber.
The Indian variety is more narrow and has pointed ends with rough, jagged spikes on the rind.
It derives its bitterness from the chemical momordine. Scientifically known as Momordica Charantia, belonging to the genus Momordica and the family Cucurbitaceae, the vegetable deserves a regular presence on the menu due to its health-giving and controlling properties. Immature gourds are less bitter because the astringent levels go up as they mature.