Kaarate Gaud Nonche/ bittergourd sweet pickle

2 bittergourds/ karela/ kaarate
10 hog plums or 0ne raw mango cut into pieces
1/2 cup sooran/ yam cut into cubes
1/2 cup brined or fresh bamboo shoots cut into pieces(optional)
Salt to taste
Jaggery to taste

4 tblsp coriander / daniya seeds
2 tblsp mustard
10 methi/ fenugreek seeds
1 big chana size hing/ asafoetida
1/2 tsp haldi 
12 byadgi red chillies
Roast the above ingredients in 2 tsp oil till nice aroma comes. Grind it with little tamarind into a paste and keep aside

5 tsp oil
2 tsp mustard
2 sprigs of curry leaves


  • If you are using keerlu/ bamboo shoots then soak it in water previous day
  • Wash bittergourd and cut into medium pieces
  • Apply salt to it and keep aside for 2 hrs.After 2 hrs squeeze water from it and cook it in cooker for 2 whistles and discard the bitter water 
  • Cook sooran , hog plums  and bamboo shoots in cooker for 2 whistles
  • Put boiled bittergourd,bamboo shoots,sooran and hog plums in a vessel, add salt,jaggery, masala  and water if needed
  • Bring it to boil, check for salt and jaggery
  • Turn off the flame and add the tempering using the mentioned ingredients
  • Serve with hot rice and dal
  • You can store this in the fridge for 8 to 10 days


  1. Enjoyed reading it and my mouth was watering through out. Thanks for sharing, but have you ever tried South Indian Andhra Style Bitter Gourd pickle achar or kakarakaya pickle , and various andhra pickles by SITARA at their online store then it's a totally different scenario health and taste combination.

  2. Begin a Vegertian I have tried all types of kakarakaya recipes but for the first time. I came to know about Bitter gourd pickle. Thank you for showing the Kakarakaya pickle recipe. will try this weekend.


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