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Karela Fry Recipe, Bitter Gourd Fry | Kakarakaya Fry

A side dish stir fried using karela/bitter gourd...It is sauteed in oil and stir fried until crisp with spices...
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 3
Calories 290 kcal


  • 3 bitter gourd/karela roughly peeled and cut into rings
  • salt - to taste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ¾ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ¾ teaspoon roasted coriander leaves
  • chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


Washing of karela/bitter gourd:

  • Peel the bitter gourd very roughly and cut into rings without deseeding.
  • Take the cut pieces into a bowl, add salt and turmeric powder into it.
  • Use hands and mix the pieces by pressing, squeezing and mixing.
  • Pressing, squeezing and mixing removes the bitter content from the karela.
  • Doing this releases the bitter juice out from the karela.
  • Add water into the karela pieces, wash them well and remove the pieces out.

Stir frying the karela:

  • In a wok, add oil and heat it.
  • Into it, add karela pieces and saute for five minutes.
  • Stir and saute until slight brown color is obtained.
  • Add salt as per taste and mix well.
  • Cook, stir and saute until it gets brownish color.
  • Add red chilli powder and roasted coriander seeds powder.
  • Mix and saute until it gets crispy.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Karela fry is ready!!!


1.Always make stir fried recipes in a non stick pan or non stick woks..
2.If non stick pans are not used then the stir fried dish burns at the base and we never get a perfect outcome...


Nutrition Facts
Karela Fry Recipe, Bitter Gourd Fry | Kakarakaya Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.