Wash , peel and slice bitter gourds in medium thick pieces.(roundels or batons)Add 2 tsp salt in the slices,mix and keep covered for 1/2 hour.Wash them well with water and then squeeze well.(removing the karela skin is optional)
If the bitter gourds are too bitter then you can boil them for 5 minutes in water with little salt and sugar added.
Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan ,then add whole fennel seeds.When fennel seeds become golden then add turmeric powder and karela pieces
Saute for a minute and then add salt and grated raw mango,mix well.Cover and cook on low heat till done.
Keep stirring in between,so it will cook properly and will not stick and burn at the bottom.When done add all the spices and mix well.
Cook for approx.2 minutes on low heat with out covering the pan, stir 2-3 times in between.Add 1 tbsp of oil if needed to make the slices crisp.
Cook for approx.2 minutes on low heat with out covering the pan,stir 2-3 times in between.Serve hot or cold.
Serve hot or cold.
Serving suggestions-best served with daal and rice or any Indian bread.