This is probably the second time in my life I prepared this curry or anything to do with Bitter-gourd. This is one of the few vegetables that I personally dislike (Sorry Bitter-gourd lovers!). But this happens to be S's favorite curry. After pestering me for so many years this was a real surprise and treat for S. I took the recipe and some tips from my MIL and prepared this to his delight! To my surprise, my older one liked it too and when I tasted it, I felt that it was not all that bad. The only down side for me was the amount of oil that went into this curry. 

Bitter-gourd Curry

Ingredients - 

Kakarakaya/Bitter-gourd, peeled and chopped 3 cups
Peanut, roasted and powdered 3 Tbsp
Sesame Seeds , roasted and powdered 1 Tbsp
Coconut powder 1 Tbsp
Tamarind juice 2 Tbsp (or as required depending on the tartness of the tamarind)
Jaggery, powdered 3-4 Tbsp (or as required)
Salt as required
Oil 1/4 cup (approx)

Method Of Preparation - 


Air dry the chopped bitter-gourd pieces for as much time as you have on hand. Take care to wash, peel and wipe them with a dry and clean kitchen towel or paper towel. This definitely speeds up the cooking process. Also remove the seeds when chopping them.

In a heated sauce pan/frying pan, add oil and put in the chopped bitter-gourd pieces. Fry them until they get a golden brown hue. It took me about 12 min. [The oil was just enough to cover half the pieces. So I found a flat bottomed pan useful.]

Meanwhile keep the peanut powder, sesame powder, coconut powder and jaggery powder ready.

As soon as the bitter-gourd gets brown, add the above powders, tamarind juice and salt to taste and mix well. Take care to see that the bitter-gourd pieces don't get burnt as it would spoil the taste.

Remove from fire and serve with rice / roti. This curry stays good for upto 1 week without refrigeration. But it didn't last that long this time!

Check out the Blogging Marathoners doing BM#5 

Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Cool Lassi(e), Me, Kalyani, Priya Mahadevan, Suma
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Priya Suresh, Veena,
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: Shylaja, Srivalli
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Priya Yallapantula
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast:Aarthi, Vaishali

Also linking it to the 'Bookmarked Recipes'  by Aipi and Priya.

Preparation Time 30 min (including chopping and prep work)
Serves 4 Adults

Posted by Harini on Tuesday, May 10, 2011


  1. Unknown Says:
  2. Wow Harini, I am posting this subzi too for the marathon. What I totally love about your subi is how well you've cut off the spines :) Awesome post :)

  3. Aarthi Says:
  4. WOW this looks so good...this is mums favorite vegetable...I will make this and give to her..Thankyou so much for your recipe..If you have time check my blog and follow me...

  5. Archana Says:
  6. Thsi is my favourite curry. Iam glad you liked it. At home no one eats it so I dont make it. no fun making it for myself.

  7. Suma Gandlur Says:
  8. What a coincidence! It seems that we both have planned to cook same veggies this marathon.:)
    I too am not a great fan of bitter gourd. The frying, tamarind - jaggery combo sure cuts off some of the bitterness.

  9. Kurinji Says:
  10. Yum yum...
    kurinjikathambam, Event: HRH-Healthy Summer

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. This is a very new preparation dear, love the idea of adding of idea peanut and sesame to it, beautiful and tempting pic.

  13. This is hubby's fav veggie...nice curry...if u boil it before then it does not consume much oil..:)we can make it in less oil,but adding more oil definitely makes it tasty...:)

  14. This looks too good..

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  15. Unknown Says:
  16. same with me....only time bitter gourd gets cooked at home is when my mom or mil is here...
    as for my wont be runny, methi powder takes care of it, and also i cook it enough for it to get thickened by tomatoes...:)

  17. yummy and mouth watering curry.

  18. divya Says:
  19. Wow healthy and delicious kura..

  20. Pavani Says:
  21. Kakarakaya kura looks yummy. Adding peanut and sesame seeds is a nice touch.

  22. Priya Suresh Says:
  23. Love bittergourd as anything, i can finish this delicious koora in less time,delicious!

  24. I am thinking that they will taste fabulous with dhal and rice.

  25. Usha Says:
  26. I am a bitter gourd lover although I don't make it very often. As you said, need to be really liberal with oil when making this curry.. also, I like the seeds in the gourd. After all that frying, they become crispy and taste good.

  27. yummy d spicy flavor..
    Tasty Appetite

  28. Shylaja Says:
  29. Love the combination of tamrind with bitter gaurd.Delicious and spicy recipe
    South Indian Home

  30. Kalyani Says:
  31. Hey Harini:
    I too dislike Bitter gourd, but S loves it, so am definitely gonna bookmark it.. adding sesame is a very interesting variation.. Do you think the Karela could be parboiled in salted water to reduce the oil??? Mom makes a similar curry, although its slightly runnier like a Gojju..

  32. Preety Says:
  33. looks really tempting

  34. I make very few preparations with bitter gourd as my hubby doesn't like it. but like the addition of tamarind and jaggery here.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  35. veena Says:
  36. wow!!!bitter gourd can look so good????????????? hmmm some day i might try ur recipe!!

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