Kakarakaya 1/2 kg

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder- 1 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste


Oil – 3 to 4 tbsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Broken red chilli pieces – 6

Mashed garlic cloves – 4

Curry leaves – few


  1. Peel the bitter gourds. Nip the ends.
  2. Cut into thin round slices and remove the seeds and pith.
  3. Heat oil in a wide pan and add all the talimpu ingredients one by one and let them fry for 30 seconds.
  4. Add bitter gourd pieces, turmeric and salt. Mix well.
  5. Cook on medium flame until bitter gourd pieces are roasted well.
  6. Keep stirring in between to prevent browning.
  7. Lastly add red chilli powder and fry for one more minute.
  8. To make the bitter gourd pieces crisp while cooking, use a bit more oil.
  9. Serve with rice and ghee.