Kakarikaya(karela) Pulusu/ Bitter gourd curry without taste of bitterness

Bitter gourd pieces--2cups
Dry Coconut power---2ts
Fenugreek/menthu seed powder-1ts
Coriander powder--1ts
Chopped onions-----1/4cup
Green chilies---------1
chopped ciliantro---2t.s
Cumin seeds--------Few
Mustard seeds------Few
Chana dal-----------1/4ts
Salt-----------------To taste
Chilli powder------1/2t.s
Red chilli----------1
vegetable oil-------2ts

Tamarind juice--1/2cup

  1. Chop the bitter gourd as shown.
  2. Take a non stick pan and heat 2ts of oil in it.
  3. Add cumin+mustard+red chili and wait until they splutter
  4. later add Onions+green chili and wait cook until they turn tender
  5. Add Ginger garlic paste and turmeric to onions and mix them
  6. cook until raw flavor of ginger disappears.
  7. Now add bitter gourd pieces and mix well
  8. Cook this mixture for about 15min under medium to high flame, by tossing them in between
  9. when the bitter gourd is completely cooked add tamarind water and cook for few min.
  10. Then add sesame/till/nuvvulu powder +chili powder+salt+sugar+coriander powder+fenugreek seed powder+coconut powder and mix it nicely...add water if required.
  11. Cook this mixture in simmer in a closed vessel.
  12. Finally garnish with cilantro and enjoy with rice.


The bitter flavor of bitter gourd vanishes becoz of tamarind, sugar and fenugreek seed powder...i used to hate the bitter taste of this vegetable and never had it...but one day my mother to prepared this and made me to eat..from then this became my fav.....hope u too like it...if u like my recipes keep visiting my blog and leave ur valuable comment :)


  1. I love bitter gourd in any form...this recipe sounds more interesting n always mom's recipe will never fail...looks more tempting n yummy...thanx for sharing!!! Keep going...

  2. This is an interesting recipe Deepthi...love the use of spices and tamarind along with methi powder to reduce the bitterness of karela.

  3. Healthy and inviting pulusu,am ready to have some for my lunch..

  4. thnQ frnds for ur valuable comments

  5. What a great new way to cook bitter gourds ~ the combination of spices is exquisite!
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  7. I love any dish with bitter gourd .. looks good.


  8. never cooked this dry with coconut - we make pitlae out of it...interesting recipe - thanks for sharing :)

  9. Hey,,thanks for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment :-) You have a very cute space. Following u back :-)

  10. thnQ frndz for coming back evry time ,,,,,ur comments are very valuable for me!!!!!!

  11. Thanks for the useful tip! Was always wonder why some cook the dish without the bitterness ;)

  12. This looks so delicious...wonderful recipe...Thanks for dropping at my space...

  13. This recipe sound very tasty. I like indian food a lot and I am very pleased to read your recipes.


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