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Kakarakaya Vepudu

Kakarakaya Vepudu

Kakarakaya vepudu or bitter gourd fry is a simple fry recipe where bitter gourd is fried in less oil and then added spicy masala which adds a nice flavor to it.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Bitter Groud Fry, Kakarakaya Fry, Karela Fry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 250 gms Kakarakayalu or Bitter gourd
  • 1/2 cup Butter Milk
  • 1 small piece of Tamarind
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 5-6 pods Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt or as per your taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil


  • Wash the kakarakayalu or bitter gourd and slice them slightly thick.
  • Take kadai, add buttermilk to it.
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  • Now add chopped bitter gourd pieces, turmeric, and tamarind. Cooking bitter gourd in buttermilk and tamarind removes its bitterness.
    Kakarakaya Vepudu
  • Cook it on a medium flame until the buttermilk is absorbed and bitter gourd starts decoloring. Let them cool.
    Kakarakaya Vepudu
  • When you were able to hold with hands, slightly squeeze off if any excess water from the kakarakaya pieces exists. Keep them aside.
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  • Now add oil to a pan or kadai.
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  • Add kakarakaya pieces and fry them on a low flame for 10-15 mins tossing them now and then.
    Kakarakaya Vepudu
  • Meanwhile, take a blender, add cumin seeds, chili powder, garlic, and salt.
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  • If necessary, add little water and make a fine paste.
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  • When the kakarakaya pieces are fried nicely and edges turn brown, add the masala paste.
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  • Mix well and fry for 5 more minutes or until the raw smell of garlic goes off. Check the salt and adjust the salt or chili powder as per your taste.
    Kakarakaya Vepudu
  • Serve hot with Rice. Its a good side dish for sambar or rasam.
    Kakarakaya Vepudu