Kakarakaya Ulli Koora

The other day we had been to a friend's place for dinner and were served this curry. I was very skeptical about tasting bitter gourd in an unknown form. 

Till recently I was happy to avoid eating this healthy vegetable. I have been a convert after tasting the curry made by my MIL. 

This particular version has pushed me into the 'I like bitter gourd' club. Thanks to my friend for sharing this recipe. We are enjoying this curry at home. So can you.. 
Here is the recipe for day 5 week 2 of BM #27.

Ingredients - 

Bitter Gourd / Kakarakaya 6 nos (small and tender)
Onions, finely chopped 1 cup (More the merrier)Buttermilk (thin) 2 cups
Tamarind pulp 2-3 Tbsp (divided use)
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/2 tsp (divided use)
Red Chilli Powder as needed
Jaggery, powdered 1 Tbsp
Kakarakaya Ulli Koora

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and roughly clean the bitter gourds. (Need not peel unless the skin is damaged). Chop off the ends of the gourds.

In a pan spread the bitter gourds in a single layer and pour thin buttermilk until all of them are immersed. Add salt, 1 Tbsp of tamarind and 1/4 tsp of turmeric and boil.

While the bitter gourds are cooking, fry chopped onions until they are lightly cooked and golden brown in color. Set aside.

After about 20-22 min of boiling, all the buttermilk mixture would be evaporated leaving the gourds cooked and dry.

At this stage, the gourds can be left in the sun to dry off a little bit or can be used up immediately.

Chop the bitter gourds into 1 inch pieces (with seeds and all).

In a pan, add oil and cumin seeds. After the cumin seeds crackle, saute the 1 inch pieces of the bitter gourd and fry until they are brown and crispy.

Add the sauteed onions, salt, turmeric, tamarind pulp, red chilli powder, jaggery powder and mix well.

Remove from fire and serve warm with steamed rice.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#27.

Preparation Time 40 min
Serves 3-4
Posted by Harini R on Saturday, April 13, 2013


  1. never added jaggery in bitter gourd
    looks great!

  2. nice recipe, tamarind would help to cut down the bitterness with jaggery's help, will try

  3. Shobha Says:
  4. I love karelas.. we rarely get them here..

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Slurp, inviting and definitely a droolworthy koora..

  7. Simplyfood Says:
  8. A new way to cook bitter gourd.I will try this recipe.

  9. Srivalli Says:
  10. Nice side dish for rotis Harini, though I don't eat bittergourd can make for other elders at home..

  11. divya Says:
  12. I am drooling!!! looks great...

  13. sujitha Says:
  14. spicy yummy bittergourd..

  15. Rajani S Says:
  16. Its a new way of preparing bitter gourd. I love how the dish looks...I usually slice them thin, add a spoon of oil and MW for 6- 8 minutes. Then I saute it on stove top and I am done...

  17. Pavani Says:
  18. Interesting way to take the bitterness out, I usually microwave the pieces with buttermilk. Will try this version next.

  19. preeti garg Says:
  20. Awesome recipe

  21. Manju Says:
  22. Need to munch this right now, mouthwatering nice color too

  23. Archana Says:
  24. I love bitter gourd so this one will find place in my kitchen. Thanks for the recipe.

  25. veena Says:
  26. It looks delicious.Hope to try this soon

  27. Suma Gandlur Says:
  28. I like this version better. My MIL used to prepare exactly the same way and I wasn't minding that much to taste it because of the sweetness the jaggery and onion offer to the dish. My mother's bitter gourd dishes were on the bitter side and I just used to hate them. :)

  29. monika Says:
  30. Thanks for sharing..

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