Kakarakaya (Bitter gourd/Karela) cooked in Buttermilk -My Mother's Recipe

Surprisingly bitter gourd used to be one of my favorite vegetable when I was a kid, while most of my friends hated it. I know the reason behind it and it's all because of the magic in my mothers cooking. Today is mother's day and I choose to make this curry because it is one of my mother's favorite and also her signature dish. So, here I am with the wonderful recipe...

Ingredients (Serves 2)
Karela/Kakarikaya.Bitter gourd- 2 sliced as shown in figure
Onions- Chopped long and thin-1 large cup
Butter milk (Majjiga) -1.5 cup
Sesame seed powdered-1/2tbsp (Nuvvula podi)
Red chili powder-1/2tbsp
salt to taste
Curry leaf-2 leaves
tamarind pulp-1/2tbsp
mustard seeds-1/2tbsp
cumin seeds-1/2tbsp

Heat pan under medium flame and add oil, when the oil is hot add mustard seeds followed by cumin seeds. When they splatter, add onion and bitter guard at a time and mix well. Close the pan with lid and keep stirring in between until they are semi-cooked. Then add turmeric and ginger garlic paste and cook for 1min. Now, to the butter milk add red chili powder, sesame powder, curry leaf, tamarind pulp and salt and mix well, add this mixture to bitter gourd, reduce flame and cook until it turns thick as shown in picture. Taste the curry and adjust salt and red chili powder, cook for one more minute and turn off the stove and serve hot. It goes well with paratha, roti and white rice.

I hope you like my mother's recipe.Please leave your comment before you leave. :)
Happy mother's day !!!


  1. Delicious bitter gourd recipe, mom recipes are best.

  2. Nice recipe.loved the addition of buttermilk in it..

  3. nice recipe..adding buttermilk is new to me

  4. This is typical Indian recipe. But I think karela and gour taste moderate. This is simple and fast way to cook an Indian Recipes.

  5. If you talk about karela, something goes to me, from childhood onward I hate karela, but my mom's supposed to give me it. Today is mother day because of that I don't want to break my mother's heart.Fresh Food Store


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