karela fry recipe | bitter gourd fry recipe | easy kakarakaya fry recipe

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kakarakaya fry or bitter gourd fry is an easy and quick dish. the recipe is lightly spiced with bitter tones from the karela.

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karela fry recipe – kakarakaya fry or bitter gourd fry is an easy and quick dish. this is a north indian style karela fry recipe as i have used the spices which are generally used in north indian cooking. karela is also known as kakarakaya or bitter gourd or bitter melon.

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if you like karela or bitter gourd then only you will like this dish. not many people are fond of karela because of its bitter taste. i make a karela dish once in a month as it is very good for health.

karela bitter gourd

this is another way i make karela at home besides the bharwan karela and the punjabi style karela sabji posted earlier. besides these, i also make karela chips and bitter gourd pickle.

these karela fry can be served as a side dish with a combination of dal rice or rasam rice or sambar rice. you can also serve this karela fry with chapati or phulkas.

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karela fry recipe

kakarakaya fry or bitter gourd fry is an easy and quick dish. the recipe is lightly spiced with bitter tones from the karela.

course side dish
cuisine indian, north indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 25 minutes
servings 2 to 3
rough calories per serving 169 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 250 grams tender karela (bitter gourd or bitter melon or kakarakaya)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel powder (saunf powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ or 1 teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • 1 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required

how to make recipe

preparation for karela fry recipe

  1. rinse the karela in water first.
  2. slice the karela into thin round pieces.
  3. you can lightly peel the skin if you want before you slice them.

making karela fry

  1. heat oil in a frying pan or kadai.
  2. add the karela slices and saute on a low or medium flame till the slices
  3. become lightly browned. takes about 8-10 minutes. stir in between.
  4. now add all the dry spice powders and salt.
  5. stir and saute for 5-6 mins more on a low flame.
  6. lastly add the besan and saute for some minutes till the rawness of the besan or gram flour goes away. takes about 4-5 minutes more.
  7. garnish karela fry with coriander leaves.

  8. serve bitter gourd fry with dal-rice, kadhi-rice or sambar-rice.

recipe notes

  • this recipe can be doubled or tripled.

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi dassana,

    I made this yesterday, it turned out delicious. The best karela I ever had.
    You are blessed to create & share yummy food.
    Love, Minaz

    • welcome minaz, thanks for positive views and kind words 🙂

  2. turned out yummy…Thanks Dassana

    • welcome akila and thanks for positive views.

  3. Hi Dasani,
    Tried this recipe and turned out awesome .
    However I have one doubt . Regarding the saunf powder , I put it raw do I need to roast the saunf before powdering it. Please clarify
    Best wishes
    Padmaja

    • thanks padmaja. no need to roast the saunf powder. we always add it raw.

  4. Good Morning
    I luv Karala, tried different recipes, today I have tried your recipe , will taste for lunch and update you the feedback.
    Like the comment : “you are, what you eat

    • thanks.

  5. Hi Dassana,
    Thanks for the recipe it’s easy to make and tasty too…thanks a lot.

    • welcome and thankyou rahul 🙂