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Bitter Gourd Fry with Onion

29 Sep

Kakarakaya Vepudu Nimmakaya Tho.

Bitter gourd is sliced after removing its seeds. Sliced bitter gourd is salted and left for an hour or more to remove most of the bitter juices. Later it is fried in tempered oil along with onion till golden brown. Finally few spice powders and lemon juice is added to brighten the whole dish.
Makes: 3 Servings of Bitter Gourd Fry with Onion.


Bitter Gourd 3 – 4
Onion 1
Turmeric Powder a big pinch
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 – 1 tsp
Lemon Juice 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Remove ends, peel and halve the onions.
Halve the onion again vertically and slice them thick.

Lightly scrape and wash the bitter gourd under water.
Remove ends, cut into halves and scoop out the seeds in each bitter gourd.
Now thinly slice the hollowed bitter gourd halves.
Apply a tsp or more of salt to the sliced bitter gourd and keep aside for an hour or two.
Later, wash the bitter gourd under running water and gently squeeze off the excess water.

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and when they start to change color, add sliced bitter gourd.
Cook covered on medium low flame for 15 – 20 minutes or until bitter gourd becomes little soft.
Stir occasionally and make sure to add a tsp of oil if the bitter gourd tends to stick to bottom of pan.
Uncover, add sliced onion and fry on medium flame till onion turns light golden brown around the edges.
Then stir in red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Remove from heat and add the lemon juice to the fried bitter gourd.
Serve bitter gourd fry with onion over plain steamed rice or over roti.
Notes:Make sure cook bitter gourd well.

Suggestions: If bitter gourd or the onion is not cooked well, put them back on heat and cook covered on medium flame till done.
Variations: You can add few pinches of any of the ground masala spices to the fry.
Other Names:Karela Bhaji, Kakarakaya Vepudu Nimmakaya Tho, Bitter Gourd Fry with Onion.