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Recipe Text


    • Bitter Gourds – 250gms
    • Onions – 2 (Medium)
    • Bengal Gram – 1 1/2tsps
    • Black Gram – 1tsp
    • Mustard Seeds – 3/4tsp
    • Cumin Seeds – 3/4tsp
    • Curry leaves – Few
    • Salt to Taste
    • Turmeric Powder – 1/4tsp
    • Red Chili Powder – 2tsps
    • Oil – 6tsps
    • Amchoor - Dry Mango powder 1tsp (optional)

    (Online Conversion utility to convert Gms to Cups & Temperatures etc)


    Wash, clean and cut the bitter gourds into thin slices. Remove the seeds. Take these bitter gourd slices into a microwave safe bowl and add some water. Place this bowl in a microwave oven and cover it partially. Cook the bitter gourds on high power for 5 minutes. Stir once with a spoon and again microwave on 30% power for 5 minutes. Allow 3 minutes standing time before taking out the bowl from microwave oven.

    Peel onions and cut them into thin slices. Wash and chop curry leaves.


    Heat a pan and add oil to it. When the oil is hot add Bengal gram and black gram. Fry till the seeds start changing color. Then add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Fry till the seeds crackle. Then add the chopped curry leaves and fry well. Now add the sliced onions and fry till they start becoming crisp. Then add the cooked bitter gourd pieces and mix well. Add turmeric powder, salt and red chili powder. Mix well and cook covered on slow flame for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes remove the lid and fry for 2 more minutes stirring continuously. Transfer the curry to a serving bowl. Serve hot with plain rice.

    Points To Remember:

    First wash the vegetables in 2%salt water to remove the toxins of the pesticides used while growing them. Then wash again in plain water. After thoroughly washing the vegetables, cut them.

    Remove the hard seeds of the bitter gourd after cutting them. Otherwise they will add additional bitterness to the taste while eating.

    Add just 10 to 15ml water while cooking the bitter gourds in microwave oven. There won’t be any water left after they get cooked.

    If you feel the curry is too bitter add  a little dry mango powder to balance it.

    Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    inder said...

    Hi gayathriji...kakaryai fry was good,but wat if we dont have a micro owen,how do we cook the kakarkayi

    March 2, 2011 9:16 PM

    Blogger Gayatri Vantillu said...


    Thanks for the feedback.

    Kakarakaya Kaya Koora can be cooked on the stove top also. Heat oil in a pan,cover the pan and cook till kakarakaya is soft. Remember to stir them in between for even cooking. Once the kakarakaya is cooked, remove the lid and fry stirring till crisp

    March 5, 2011 4:47 AM

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    Madhu said...

    Hi Gayatri garu,

    I have been a silent spectator so far and enjoyed some of your dishes as well.

    It would be of great help if you can show how to use microwave oven, its types, how to cook vegetables especially for curries which normally takes more oil.

    March 3, 2011 2:07 PM

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