Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Bitter gourd fry (Kaakara kaaya Vepudu)

Bitter gourds - 6
Onion - 1
Red chillies - 4
Zeera - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves
Oil - need bit more

  • Grind bitter gourd pieces along with salt coarsely.
  • Wash it 3-4 times and drain it and then squeeze the excess water.
  • Heat oil in the pan and do the seasoning with mustard, some zeera, urad dal and curry leaves.
  • Add the grated bitter gourd and fry.
  • When it is 3/4 th done, grind onion with zeera, salt and red chillies coarsely.
  • Add this paste to the frying bitter gourd and let it fry until the water and raw smell from onion disappear.

Thats it! Delicious and crispy Bittergourd fry is ready to serve with white rice/rasam/sambhar/curd rice.


Hi Rekha! first time at your blog. Really missed a lot. But no prob, I can refer each and every recipe now. Bitter gourd fry looks awesome. Nice blog with yummy recipes. Thanks for sharing.

BTW thanks for dropping at my blog. I added your blog name in my blogger's list. Keep on visiting.

Hey Rekha
You have a beautiful blog and authentic Andhra Recipes. Will keep visiting.

hey, first time here, you have such a nice collection of recipes. liked ur bitter gourd fry, will be back for more :)

Thanks gals! I appreciate ur encouragement!

U can alwaz visit for more recipes and also u can even send me authentic Andhra recipes... I will post them, preserve here with ur name and perm link.


Hi Rekha, I love bitter gaurd very much. Just went thro your recipe and found that you don't use jaggery at all. How do you remove the bitterness of the gaurd then? Is salt enough to do so?

Hi Seema,

We too love Bittergourd very much.

Yes, I just use salt while grinding and wash it with water several times until the water from it looks pure.

And also, While frying, if we put enough salt, it wont taste bitter at all!

Try and let me know!

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Thanks for replying girl. I will try it out sometime soon and let you know. By the way did I mention that I just love your header. Its beautiful.

Thanks for ur compliments Seema!


Came here thru' Seema's blog.You do have a pretty blog.Andhra recipes always attract me.Fry looks delicious.Happy blogging:)

Hi Asha,

I found ur blog when searching for some recipes. Good blogging.

Yes, u r right Asha! Even though we do lots of varieties, Andhra recipes attracts us. Thats y I started this portal

Thanks for ur valuable compliments dear!

Btw, U can also contribute in this to make this site "a one-stop for Authentic Andhra Recipes" by mailing me the Andhra recipes at

Also keep visiting for more recipes!


Hi....... first time to ur blog....U have a lovely blog....great set of andhra recipes....

Thanks for ur compliments Sukanya!

Rekha, it is a pleasure to have you stop by and visit my blog. I enjoy making new friends and you've just sealed the deal with the bitter gourd fry you have here! :) This is one of my all time favourite vegetables. I wrote a column on it once. As I browsed through you blog I also saw that you made a stuffed version. Here in the Caribbean, we do too! I like to stuff mine with baby shrimp.

Thank you and please continue to put the English and non-English name of the dish, that is such an education. I really appreciate it.

Love your blog and have added it to my blog roll and feeds. Hope to see you around again.

Thanks for leaving me such an encouraging comment Cynthia! Till now, i'm in confusion whether to mention the names in non-english...

We tried this from your site, and it turned out soo good! Thanks to you.