Tuesday, 8 December 2015


Bitter gourd is known by the names  pagarkai in Tamil, Kakarakaya in Telugu, Karela in Hindi. It is a delicious gravy made with tamarind. This gravy goes well with steamed rice.
Kindly check below for the yummy gravy with procedure and step by step images and a short video.


Bitter gourd rounds two cups
coconut grates one cup
garlic pulses two
shallots half cup
Red chilly two
roasted coriander seeds, cumin seeds and red chillies five
pepper one spoon
jaggery one piece
Tamarind one amla size
cooking oil one tablespoon.
gingelly oil two tablespoons
mustard seeds
turmeric one spoon curry leaves half cup
roasted fenugreek powder half pinch
asafoetida half pinch
fried gram one full spoon
coriander leaves half cup


Wash the bittergourd and cut it into thin rounds with seeds using chips cutter.
Put roasted coriander, cumin seeds, pepper seeds and red chillies together in the mixie jar and grind them into fine powder.
Transfer the powder in a airtight container for the future use.
Shredded coconut, fried gram, garlic pulses, and roasted tamarind without oil with required water are to be grind together until the fine paste.
Heat the cooking oil in a dry pan.
Add mustard seeds allowed to pop up.
Add shallots red chillies and curry leaves
Add turmeric. Add coriander masala powder, asafoetida and fenugreek powder.
Let the flame be switched off to avoid burning.
Add fine tomato pieces . (optional)
Add coconut. tamarind paste already blend.
Allow it to boil.
Add salt required
Heat the gingelly oil and add bittergourd rounds and fry until the veggie turns golden brown and crispy.
Switch on the flame and allow to boil.
Transfer the bittergourd rounds into boiling mixture.
Pour the remaining gingelly oil on the boiling gravy.
Add coriander leaves chopped.

When the gravy becomes thick, Switch off the flame and transfer the gravy into a serving bowl.

Check the salt and serve hot with steamed rice. 
No bitterness at all... so delicious.. Enjoy..!

Best food to diabetic patients. In previous post about the cooking of Bittergourd tamarind curry, we learnt about the nutrient facts of Bitter gourd. It is packed with rich calcium, iron, fibers etc. 

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