karela fry recipe | bitter gourd fry recipe | kakarakaya fry

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.

karela sabzi recipe, karela fry, bitter gourd fry, kakarakaya fry

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.

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.

karela sabzi or karela stir fry

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karela fry recipe

4.5 from 12 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:25 mins
Course:side dish
Cuisine:indian,north indian
Calories: 169kcal
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
karela fry recipe, BITTER GOURD 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.
(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


preparation for karela fry recipe

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

making karela fry

  • heat oil in a frying pan or kadai.
  • add the karela slices and saute on a low or medium flame till the slices
  • become lightly browned. takes about 8-10 minutes. stir in between.
  • now add all the dry spice powders and salt.
  • stir and saute for 5-6 mins more on a low flame.
  • 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.
  • garnish karela fry with coriander leaves.
  • serve bitter gourd fry with dal-rice, kadhi-rice or sambar-rice.


  • this recipe can be doubled or tripled.
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34 comments/reviews

    • add more oil and you will get a crispy texture. slow cooking is also the key to get a crisp texture. it is not due to the spice powders. add salt at the last once the karela is done. hope this helps.

  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, Minaz5 stars

  2. 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
    Padmaja4 stars

  3. 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 eat2 stars

  4. Hi Dassana,
    Hope you’re doing well. Made this karela recipe today for in-laws. They ate but guess wanted it Oriya style where it’s crispy fried I believe. Can you help me with a variation which can help me achieve crispy fried karela something like a papad.
    Many many thanks in advance 🙂
    Warm regards.

  5. Your veg receipes are so good with perfect instructions can we have some non veg recipes too!!!!

  6. I wanted a quick and easy recipe for karela today. I am so glad I found your blog and this recipe! Just finished my lunch comprising karela made the way you have taught. It was great! I only made on change. I microwaved the cut karela first before stir frying.
    I first tasted the karela when it was just done frying. It was so bitter I nearly cried. I have typically used recipes where a lot of effort goes into removing the bitterness from the karela. So I was thinking may be I made a mistake in not doing any of that. But by the time I put the besan and cooked it the dish tasted fantastic! I was completely surprised. Thanks a million! I am going to share this recipe with my mom now and brag. 😀5 stars

    • welcome garima. thanks for sharing your experience and giving this positive review on karela recipe. one of the healthiest veggie to eat. glad to read your feedback. i am sure it will motivate other readers to try this easy karela recipe.

  7. Excellent recipes and easy to make with whatever we have at home. Never thought I would make hotel dishes like palak paneer ..paneer butter masala at home so easily…thanks a ton for coming up with this website.
    Would like to see more and more variety coming in. Happy new year.

  8. Hi, i actually want to search according to the veg. i have, i think im not getting that option in your blog, please help.
    How can i find dishes with particular vegetable, where should i type it???

  9. Karela is the one of the most popular and healthful Recipe of the India .thanks’ for sharing information to make karela sabzi or karela stir fry.

  10. in mauritius, the typical stir-fry of karela or bitter gourd is very simple with ingredients 1 medium onion, 2 tomatoes and 1 chili. the salted karela are fried and then stir-fried with the tomatoes,onion and chili.simple, quick and easy….try it the mauritian way..so delicious