Thursday, March 24, 2011

Crispy Karela

Crispy bitter gourd or Karela is yet another brilliant recipe from Sailu's food. To me this blog is like a bible when it comes to Andhra recipes. I had chanced upon this recipe sometime back. And soon afterwards this curry has become a regular feature on our dining table. Here, the bitter gourd roundels are deep fried and then tossed with cashew nuts, sesame seeds and Jaggery. This is a great accompaniment to rice and rasam and tastes superb when served immediately after it is made.

Crispy Karela Recipe
Preparation time- 20mins
Cooking time- 15mins
Serves- 4

Bitter Gourd- 6, Lightly peeled and chopped into roundels
Oil- Deep fry +1 tbsp
Green chilli- 1 chopped
Jeera or cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Sesame seeds- 1tbsp, toasted
Jaggery- 1tbsp
Cashew nuts- 10-12 chopped
Salt- to taste
Hing- A pinch
Curry leaves- 8-10 leaves

  • Wash the bitter gourd roundels in salted water and deep fry till crisp and brown
  • Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside
  • Heat a table spoon of oil in a wok and a dd the cumin seeds
  • Once they turn brown, add the hing and curry leaves and fry till crisp
  • Add the green chillies and saute for a min
  • Add the cashew nuts and fry till brown
  • Add the Jaggery and a quarter cup of water and mix till the Jaggery is dissolved
  • Stir in the fried bitter gourd roundels and salt and mix thoroughly
  • Fry till the mixture is dry and bitter gourd roundels are slightly crunchy
  • Add the toasted sesame seeds and mix.
  • Serve hot with rice and rasam


  1. Loved that deep fried karela...looks really yummy

  2. Never cooked this way but yours looks tempting and yummy!

  3. first time in your blog space..nice dish

  4. My huss loves this a lot... and this dish looks so yummy...

  5. This dish looks great! I've never tried bitter gourd before, but your photo makes it look really really good.

  6. Omg, feel like munching some crispy karela,fabulous..

  7. I never eat karela.Infact I have never cooked it too.But the sound and look of your dish is so tempting that I could not leave w/o commenting :) Looks YUM!

  8. First of all deep fried anything and its great and to top it I love karela- PERFECT!

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  9. Bitter gourd has been on my list to try. Bookmarking your recipe for next time I come across one. Have a great weekend!

  10. i can't believe i am saying this ... i feel like eating Karela. My Mom had to struggle with me to make me eat karela and this dish of yours is tempting me to cook some! if only Mom was seeing this comment :D

  11. sounds interesting dear....
    looks healthy and delicious :)

  12. First time here, Karela looks yumm..

    Happy following you..


  13. I've never tried bitter gourd. Your dish looks so appetizing, I must give this a try.

  14. I hate karela except if its cooked this way :) Loved the colour!

  15. A wonderful presentation - one of the many ways in which i like Karela :)

  16. I love karela and this looks like a must try recipe to try. And I just saw your blog completed one year so congratulations for that too. You have a wonderful collection!


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