Kakarakaya Vepudu – Bitter Gourd Stir fry Recipe


  • 4 Bitter gourds
  • A pinch turmeric powder
  • 2 tsps jaggery powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • Few Curry leaves
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 5 Garlic flakes
  • Salt to taste

How to make Kakarakaya Vepudu?

  • Peel of a little skin on bitter gourd and cut them into round thin slices.
  • Add two cups of water, tamarind paste, turmeric and salt to the peeled bittergourd rounds.
  • Cook for 15 minutes or till the bitter gourds are three-fourth cooked. Drain any left over water and keep aside the cooked bitter gourd pieces.
  • Heat oil in a wide bottom pan, add  Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal.
  • When seeds splutter, add  curry leaves, red chillies, and crushed garlic flakes.
  • Add the cooked bitter gourds and stir fry. Constantly stir fry on medium heat ensuring they don’t burn or stick to the pan. Keep frying till they well roasted and this could take about 10 minutes.
  • Add the jaggery, cook for 1 more minute and turnoff heat.
  • You can skip adding jaggery if you don’t like the dish to have some sweet touch.
  • Adust salt and serve hot with rice.


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