Kaarate Ambade gaud nonche / Bittergourd hog plum sweet pickle

Bitter gourd is called KAARATE and hog plums are called AMBADO in Konkani. This pickle or gojju  is a Konkani delicacy, which is spicy, tangy-sweet, all in one bite. Bittergourd and hog plums are a very great combo because they compliment each other's taste.  This is an instant recipe.


1 kaarate / bittergourd / karela / hagalkaayi
2 ambade / hog plums /amate kaayi
2 tbsp white or black til / sesame seeds
4 tbsp desiccated coconut or coconut gratings
3 tsp rasam powder
Salt and jaggery as per taste

For the tempering:
3 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard
2 sprigs of curry leaves


  • Wash karela, scrape little the outer skin, and cut the ends.
  • Cut it into semi-thick roundels, discard the seeds if any.
  • Apply 2 tsp salt, mix well and keep aside for 30 mins
  • Wash the hog plums and crush it
  • Dry roast sesame seeds and powder it
  • After half an hour wash the karela roundels, squeeze out all the water from it, and cook with crushed hog plums and 1/2 cup water in the cooker for 2 whistles
  • Put the boiled karelas and hog plums in a vessel, add salt, jaggery and cook for 5 mins
  • Add the powdered sesame seeds, coconut gratings, rasam powder, and let it boil
  • Add water if needed and adjust the consistency according to your taste
  • Boil it for 10 mins and turn off the flame
  • Add the tempering and your pickle is ready to use
  • You can store this in the refrigerator for a week
  • Enjoy with hot rice and dal.
  • You can substitute bitter gourd with raw mango or pineapple..


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