Kakarakaya(karela) vepudu(fry)

Who loves karela?? Not me!!! Still I make it once in a while & guess what it is ending up tasty everytime I make..so lets forget (that it is not karela for sometime) and lets start cooking….!!


  • Kakarakaya/Karela – 4: Slightly peeled & cut into medium size (C shaped pieces) & add 2 tsps of curd &salt, apply to all pieces and mix well. Once all pieces are coated, squeeze the juice, wash the pieces & squeeze any additional water & keep aside.
  • Onion – 1 big – cut long(thin) – make into 2 portions
  • Minapappu/Urad dal – 3tsps
  • Mustard seeds – 1tsp
  • Cumin – 1/4 tsp
  • Hing – 2pinches
  • Red chillies -2
  • Curry leaves- 10
  • Red chilli powder – 2tsp
  • Turmeric – 1/4tsp
  • Salt – add according to your taste
  • Sugar – 2tsp (you can add more if you would like to )
  • Lemon juice – 1/4tsp
  • Dhania powder – 1tsp
  • Cilantro – 2tsp
  • Oil – 3tsps


Take wide kadai, turn on the stove & add oil. Once oil is heated add mustard seeds (let is splutter),cumin seeds, hing,red chillies, curry leaves & mix well. Then add 1portion of onions, urad dal, mix well & let it fry until onions changes color(make sure urad dal is not burnt). Next add karela/kakaraya pieces, turmeric powder, salt mix well & let it cook on medium heat for 5mins, then add dhania powder mix well & cook for another 5mins, then add rest of the onions, cilantro, sugar & salt(if needed) mix well & squeeze lemon juice!!You can eat with white rice or you can eat as a side dish for dal or sambhar!! Enjoy!!




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