crispy kakarikaya/karela/ bitter gourd fry

Krrrispy!!!!!yummy karela is a very unique veggitable, some hate this for its bitter taste and some love it for the same taste. I'll fall in the second category. When I was in school I just hated it's texture and taste, later my teacher told in a class about the health benefits of this vegge, from them I started having it. Now I like this a lot (of course I love all vegetables, this is my fav). I like every recipe made out of it, bajji/fry/curry/stuffed one. Just remember one thing to have a healthy food, "Bitter is healthy" (except poison! just kidding).

Bitter gourd- De-seeded (you can keep seeds if you wish), sliced like a discs-4cups
Pea nut/palli powder-2ts
Chopped onions-1/4cup
Green chillies-2
chopped cilantro-2t.s
dry coconut powder -2ts
Coriander powder-1/2ts
cumin powder-1/4ts
Garlic cloves-2
Cumin seeds-1/2ts
Mustard seeds-1/2ts
Chana dal-1ts
Roasted sesame seeds-1ts
Salt to taste
Chili powder-1/2t.s
Red chili-1
vegetable oil-2ts
First take the bitter gourd pieces and marinate them with little salt and turmeric. Refrigerate this mixture for 10-20min.Heat 2ts of oil in a non stick pan and add cumin seeds + mustard seeds+ red chili + chana dal and wait until they splutter. Add onions and fry them till they are well cooked under medium flame. Now, add refrigerated bitter gourd pieces and fry them till they turn crispy. Now take coconut powder+cumin powder+coriander powder+ galic cloves+salt+red chili powder pea nut powder+ roasted sesame seeds in a mixie jar and just give a gentle stir so that all powders get well mixed. add this complete mixture to the pieces and fry for few more minutes under medium flame. Now the crispy spicy bitter gourd fry is ready to serve. 
Hope you like my recipe.


  1. Wow....wat a spicy masala blended bitter gourd fry,so good n inviting..,like all the ingredients in it n very unique recipe too...addition of peanut powder n sesame seeds is new to me n gives nice aroma rt??? Bookmarked DD will try this n let u know :)

  2. Looks very crispy DD, love it

  3. I dont make karela at home. Your dish tempts me to try .. looks good...

  4. Love karela..looks delicious..:)

  5. Looks so colorful and delicious...

  6. karela is my fav one, love this version


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