33 SMALL / BABY BITTERGOURD FRY

Small / Baby Bittergourd Fry( Kakarakaaya/ Pavakkai/ Karela/)


Baby bittergourd - 1 lb (1/2 kg)
Onion - 1 large chopped
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Salt as needed
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli and coriander powder - 1 tbsp each or sambar powder - 2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1 tbsp


Wash and soak bittergourd with salt and little tuermic powder for 20 - 30 minutes. Later drain and squeeze out water. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, urad dhal, curry leaves. wait till the pop put and add chopped onions. Fry till nice brown. Add the baby bittergourds and fry in the oil. Keep the flame low. Add the powders and mix well. Cover the pan with a lid and allow it to cook till salt... keep checking between it gets dry. Then sprinkle little water and cook till done. Can also try this in a pressure pan... fry and close the lid without putting the whistle on and cook for about 10 mts.


Goes well with rice sambar and or any curries.


Sending this to Nithu's Vegetable Marathon - Bittergourd an event started by Silpa.


33 comments/Reactions:

Sangi said...

Delicious looking fry.. its long since I had seen those baby bittergourds..

Pushpa said...

Yummy small karela fry,looks super yummy...

Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Nice looking fry! Are these as bitter as the big ones or less so ?

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

healthy fry,luks delicious...love the presentation.Cute bowl.

Rekha shoban said...

healthy fry!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Good looking Fries. It is long since I had them .


Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Ammu's said...

those are litte cute ones.. Fry looks yummy..

Nandini said...

Cute karelas. Yummy fry.

aipi said...

Such cute looking karelas..love the recipe!

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Prathibha said...

Never saw such tiny one's...looks gr8..whr do u get them??in India?






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi,

That looks amazing...good and healthy...Just joine din your blog..:)

Dr.Sameena@

www.myeasytccookrecipes.blogspot.com

Abhilash said...

From my childhood until today, the vegetable I am afraid of is Bitter Guard. All the other family members like it very much. I will share the recipe with my Mother.

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Nice recipe with cutie bittergourd.So delicious.

chaitrali pathak said...

delicious looking sabzi

Priya said...

Baby bittergourd looks absolutely cute, awesome and healthy fry..

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Shama Nagarajan said...

it's been ages i tasted this small one...i couldn't get this in hyderabad...nice one

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

அருமை!! குட்டி பாகற்காயில் கசப்பே தெரியாது,இந்த பாகற்காய்தான் எனக்கு ரொம்ப பிடிக்கும்.

Santosh Bangar said...

small bittergourd looks tasty and nutiritous so small bittergourd ew find raely in north india

PriyaRaj said...

i too do this often ,my in-law's favourite....happy to c ur recipes dear...

Nisha said...

I love karela curry and your version looks yum

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Those mithi pavakkas look damn cute,nice stir fry recipe too!

Baskaran said...

These baby bittergourd is known as "Medhu Pagarkkai" in tanil.In normal course they are slit open to remove seeds prior to cooking as some seeds may be hard .You have not mentioned about de seeding in your recipe.
Regards
Baskaran

தக்குடுபாண்டி said...

interesting post about cooking bloggers in thakkudu's blog. come and enjoy....;)

Swathi said...

Baby bittergourd fry looks delicious. It is hard to find here.

Padma said...

Thank you all for your comments.

Padma said...

@ HCOF .. no these are not as bitter as the regular/bigger ones..

Padma said...

@ Prathibha- I got these in Bangalore... prepared during my stay few months back.

Padma said...

@ Abhilash - thank you. So how was your trip to Mumbai.

Padma said...

@ Baskaran - In tamil these are called as Midhi/medhu pavakkai or kuruvi thalai pavakkai coz of their shape n size. There is no need to slit open and remove their seeds. Normally the seeds are very tiny and tender. It gets cooked even when added wholly. In this recipe, the whole pavakkai is added and fried. Hope I have answered your question.

Thanks
Padma

Yummy Team said...

Cute-looking veggies..and lovely stifry..

Sarah Naveen said...

i love bitterguard...this recipe sounds great and looks so delicious..

lissie said...

very interesting recipe...really healthy side dish for rice! never tried this variety even though we get it here in Bangalore.

Sapthanaa Balachander (Alias) Abilashini said...

you have reminded me of my Granny who makes this often.. o this dish looks so delicious.........

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