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Kakarkaya Pachadi / Bitter Gourd Chutney

                        Kakarakaya / Bitter gourd chutney is very simple and tasty.This is my all time favorite dish from my mom's kitchen.For those who don't like bitter taste of karela,this recipe takes out the bitterness and gives a sweet and spicy taste.

                            Bitter Gourd sauteed in oil to dark brown and seasoned with red chillie powder,jaggery and tamarind.

For this recipe:-


Bitter Gourd / Kakarkaya -4 nos
Onions-2 nos
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-few
Hing-1/2 tsp
Jaggery-3 tbsp (acc to ur taste)
Tamarind pulp - 3 to 4 tsp
Red chillie powder-2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil-4 to 5 tbsp


Take the kakarkaya wash,clean,remove the seeds and cut into small pieces.
Take the onion peeled and finely chopped .
Heat the pan  and add oil to it.Add bitter gourd pieces fry on a medium flame until they turn brown in color.Transfer them into a plate.

Again heat the pan and add oil to it.Now add chopped onions fry on medium flame until they light brown color.

After the add the biter gourd pieces mix well,add turmeric powder,curry leaves,hing, red chillies powder,jaggery,tamarind pulp ,salt mix well.Add little water and cook covered on slow flame for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes remove the lid and cook till its little dry.

Transfer the chutney to a serving bowl.

Serve hot with plain rice.



Lovely chutney..will try it..great pictorials too!

US Masala


delicious way to eat

Nithu Bala

Chutney with bitter gourd? sounds so good..Send this to my event..btw, love the chutney..book marked..


Wow! Looks so tasty! Will surely try out divya!


I should appreciate ur illustrated clicks which gave a clear idea of the chutney,a definite try today as I have some bittergourd at home now.Looks tasty too.


Delicious bitter gourd chutney. Nice one.


I love bitter gourd. I really miss them here. Hope I can easily find them. Your chutney looks very delicious. Thanks very much for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

Priya Suresh

Never know about this chutney, very interesting and healthy..


very well explained dear.I really admire ur skill.. keep up the good work.
I tried ur badusha..it is so easy and yummy.. thanks for the wonderful recipe.


Looks so yum!


Very nice pictorial! Great effort and chutney sounds really good!

Sarah Naveen

Delicious chutney...perfect with rice...

My cooking experiments

recipe bookmarked!loved the step by step photos!


Nice one


A new chutney recipe to me. Looks so healthy and yum.


Great recipe, Divya..

Indian Cuisine Blogroll

never tried this chutney before..will try it some day...


pachadi looks delicious divya ..very new to me ..thanks for sharing



Looks healthy and delicious..

Jayanthy Kumaran

step by step excellent clicks speaks its taste dear...another great recipe from you...

Tasty Appetite

Biny's Recipes

u dont have to explain at all...ur pics are enough.the first pic u have here I am sure makes everyone open their mouth.....


Same pinch divya..:-) i too posted bitter gourd chutney, your sounds different and great, will try this next time..:-)


Very clear instructions..Love the chutney.

Aaha Oho


This chutney sounds very delicious, Divya..Great recipe!!

Smita Srivastava

That looks great ... love the step by step self explanatory clicks !!

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