Caraili, a type of bitter melon, is a standard vegetable in the East Indian diet. It is light green and resembles a knobby-skinned cucumber. If you like collard greens, escarole, or other bitter vegetables, you’ll find caraili appealing as well. It is readily available in Asian and Middle Eastern markets and sometimes makes an appearance in the tropical produce section of larger grocery stores. Although you can substitute zucchini in this dish, the characteristic bitter flavor will be missing.
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