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Kakarakaya Vepudu (Bittergourd Or Karela Fry)


Bitter gourd / Kakarakaya-3 nos (cut into slice rounds)
Onion-1 nos (cut into sliced)
Green chillis-2 nos
Turmeric powder-1 pinch
Garlic paste-1 tsp (cut into picecs)
Sugar-1 tsp
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-few
Hing / Asafoetida-pinch
Chilli powder-1 tsp
Oil-3 tsp
Salt to taste


Clean the bitter gourds and drain them.Cut into slices.
Now add turmeric powder and salt to bitter gourd pieces and mix with hands and keep it aside foe 15 minutes.Squeeze the pieces.
Heat a pan when pan is hot add oil,add cumin seeds,mustard seeds and when they starts to pop add the green chillis,curry leaves,hing.
Add onions fry for 5 minutes and garlic past or pieces add fry for 3 minutes.
Now add squeeze kakarkaya pieces and fry stirring occassionally.
Now add sugar and salt,Cover the lid cook till the bitter gourd is cooked.
Now add the chilli powder mix well and fry till it crispy.
 The end fry should be very crispy.

Serve hot with rice.


Preeti Kashyap

I add some buttermilk too when I add turmeric powder. Yummy with sambar! Lovely stepwise pics. Do send this to my green gourmet event.



my hus favorite vege..very common in our menu..ur bittergourd looks so delicious.always loved the presentation..super dear


My hubby's faaav veggie he like karela very much,,today me also thinking to cook karela for him...karela fry came out very nice dear..


I always how to cook bittergourd without bitterness. I love the flavor of it. Your recipe sounds so imple and yummyy.. Gotta try it soon.

Life is beautiful!!!

Beautiful step by step recipe. Since it is shallow fried vey helathy too :)

An Open Book

although karela is not a fav of mine..deep frying it is kinda ok for me..shud give it a go

Cool Lassi(e)

Lovely Fry. Looking great. I like bitter gourd for their health benefits!

Sushma Mallya

Nice way to eat bittergourd,sounds great and looks good as well...


great recipe! I make this exactly like you mentioned. We call this Pavaka :)
Nice blog Divya.



Nice bittergourd fry. I love them in any form.


I can have this vepudu anytime..looks fabulous DIvya..

Suman Singh

me too a big fan of karela...that looks so healthy n delicious Divya.


Bitter gourd fry sounds interesting n yummy divya with stepwise pics.

Hari Chandana

Wowwwwwwwwww... mouth watering vepudu.. looks perfect divya.. loved all the pics and ur presentation.. gr8 yarr


yummy recipe dear...so tempting with cute clicks.

Hamaree Rasoi

This karela fry is regularly made during summer in my house. VEry healthy fry Divya!!

Hamaree Rasoi


Me and my hubby are big fans for bitter gourd...so i obvoius loved ur click...and the health benefits are ultimate need not tell abt it separately...


Love them as fry :-) your way of frying bittergord is interesting.quite different from how I do :-)


It is so yummy and crispy, adding sugar is new to me..



Love karela fry

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal

Sounds lovely :)


Nice and healthy kakarakaya fry,looks delicious.My all time favorite.

Yummy Team

I am a big fan of karela..Love this recipe..Nice clicks!


this is healthy one......

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes)

healthy karela fry...superyum

Gita Jaishankar

Tasty looking karela fry dear...my preparation is also similar to yours...I love this with plain rice and rasam :)


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