Kaarate puddi sagle / Bittergourd dry sabji

1 medium kaarate / bittergourd / karela
5 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard
1 sprig curry leaves
Salt to taste


3/4 cup grated coconut
Chickpea size tamarind
In 1 tsp oil fry 2 tsp urad dal, 1 tsp coriander seeds,  5 methi seeds and 4 red chillies 

Grind te above ingredients into a semi coarse masala paste adding water and keep aside


  • Wash and cut karela into 4 lengthwise and cut into pieces
  • Add 1/2 tsp salt and keep aside for 30 mins.After 30 mins squeeze water from the karela and deep fry it till they turn brown and crisp
  • In a pan heat oil ,add mustard . Once it starts crackling add curry leaves,ground masala and fry the masala well for 5-10 mins
  • Now add in the fried karela peces, toss well and cook for 5 mins
  • Turn off the flame and serve hot with rice and dal.


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