Kakarkaya/Bittergourd Fry

Bittergourd fry

Kakarkayalu called Bitter gourd in english as the name suggests is bitter and needs a lot of cleaning before it is cooked to reduce the bitterness. Generally i scrape off the skin for stuffed curry or for pulusu( it takes time but its worth doing it) but for this fry no hazzle of much cleaning to do.


  1. Kakarkayalu – 5 (Fresh) or  Frozen(1 pack)
  2. Mustard seeds- 1tsp
  3. Curry leaves – few
  4. Turmeric – 1tsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Sambar powder – 1tsp
  7. Chilli powder – 1tsp
  8. Garlic powder – 1tsp(U can use garlic cloves too)
  9. Oil – 4tsp

cut bitter gourd and turmeric


  • Cut the Kakarkayalu into round circles,remove the seeds( or  if u  use the frozen ones, wash them in warm water,squeeze the water from them)add turmeric  and mix well.
  • In a  skillet heat  oil, add mustard seeds , curry leaves , kakarkayalu,salt and fry stirring in between till they are soft and cooked.
  • To this add garlic powder, sambhar powder ,chilli powder and fry for another 5min till they are nice and crispy.
  • Tastes good as a side dish and also with rice.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Mdhori
    just today i want to prepare this dish.but some how i changed my mind to capsicum.and when i see this i am craving for this..the tomorrow’s menu will be with this definitely..


  2. I’ve seen so much of your blog over this months but i never said Thank You! you’ve been quite an inspiration for me.


  3. Posted by sureshsvn on April 12, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Good one thanks.


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