Bitter melon or bitter gourd has been traditionally used in Chinese and Ayurveda medicine for detoxing and to help treat type 2 diabetes among other things. Usually, seeds and pith are discarded and the flesh is cooked in a variety of ways. In this recipe I am using a smaller more bitter time of gourd called the Karela and it is an Indian variety.
The trick is to thinly slice the melons and soak it in turmeric and a handful of salt to draw out some of the bitterness. After soaking it for at least an hour, the sliced melons will be rinsed and drained before using in a variety of recipes.