Bitter Gourd with Garbanzo

17 Aug

Kakara Kaya Kobbari Koru Koora.

Bitter gourd is thickly grated along with fresh coconut. To reduce the bitterness, bitter gourd is salted and left for around half an hour. Later its washed and squeezed thoroughly before frying. Once bitter gourd is fried, garbanzo beans and grated coconut follow. Green chiles spice up the dish while tamarind cuts down more of the bitterness.
Makes: around 1 1/2 Cups of Bitter Gourd with Garbanzo


Bitter Gourd 1 large
Garbanzo Beans 1/2 Cup
Grated Coconut (fresh or frozen) 1/2 Cup
Tamarind 1 inch sized ball
Green Chillies 2 – 4
Salt to taste


Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 10
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash and slice or chop the green chiles.
Soak overnight and pressure cook garbanzo beans in few cups of water till soft.
Soak tamarind in few tbsps of water for sometime and extract all the thick juice.
Wash, remove ends, lightly scrape and grate the bitter gourd on thick side of grater.
Alternatively, use a food processor to grate.

Mix in a tsp of salt with grated bitter and keep aside for half an hour to an hour.
Wash the salted bitter gourd under running water and then thoroughly squeeze off the water from the salted bitter gourd.
Repeat the washing and squeezing process for couple of times to make sure most of the bitterness is gone.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add cooked chana, grated bitter gourd and green chiles.
Fry for couple of minutes till bitter gourd turns light brown around the edges.
Then stir in tamarind extract and grated coconut.
Fry for a minute and remove from heat.
Serve bitter gourd with garbanzo over plain steamed rice or roti.
Notes:Make sure bitter gourd is washed properly before cooking to make sure most of the saltiness is gone.

Suggestions: If bitter gourd is salty, add more tamarind extract and more garbanzo beans to minimize the saltiness.
Variations: Sweet and Sour Bitter Gourd, Spicy Stuffed Bitter Gourd, Moong Dal Stuffed Bitter Gourd.
Other Names: Kakarakaya Koru Koora.

One Response to “Bitter Gourd with Garbanzo”

  1. singh B August 18, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    that is a amazing combination………..

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