Kaarate Koot

KAARATE also called Karela in hindi,Hagalkayi in kannada and Bittergourd in english. Kaarate is a konkani word. bittergourd is very good for diabetic patients.This is a typical konkani dish ,goes wellwith hot rice and dal.
2 small karelas, finely chopped ,apply salt and keep for 1 hour
Oil for deep frying
 For masala :
1 cup grated fresh coconut
8-10 corriander seeds(daniya)
1/4 tsp assafoetida
2 red chillies
1/4 tsp mustard
3 methi seeds (fenugreek )
Salt to taste

For tempering:
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard
5-6 curry leaves


  • Squeeze out all the water from chopped karela and deep fry into crisp and brown in colour
  • Roast the masala ingredients (except coconut)in 1 tsp oil and grind with 1/2 tsp tamarind to a fine paste.
  • Before serving mix fried karelas and masala 
  • Temper with mustard and curry leaves 
  • Serve with rice and dal


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