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Bittergourd – Sesame stir fry ~ Pakarakkai curry


After years of trying, I have finally come around liking Karela (Bitter Gourd). Hubby and mom love this vegetable and the former can have it almost twice or thrice a week. I tasted this recipe at a friend’s place, and quite liked it. For all the Bitter gourd lovers out there, this is sure to tickle your palates as well great for  your waistline for I have used just 1 tbsp of oil (yes, you read it right). Calcium rich sesame seeds combined with the goodness of bittergourd is great on the health meter too ! This stir fry goes well with rice / curd rice / or even hot rotis and dal and is not at all bitter – a boon esp for first time fans of bitter gourd J

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Preparation time  : 10 mins. Cooking time : 10 mins. Serves: 3


·         Karela (Bitter Gourd) – 3 large.

·         Oil – 1 tbsp

·         Turmeric powder – ½ TBSP

·         Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

·         Jaggery – 1 TBSP grated

·         Amchur (dry mango powder) – 1 tsp

·         Salt – to taste

·         Sesame Seeds – 1 TBSP

·         Tempering : Mustard, Urad Dal (1 tsp) Curry leaves and Coriander.

·         Grated coconut – 1 tsp (opt)


1)      Wash and slit bitter gourd lengthwise and deseed it completely.

2)     Dice into 1 inch pieces. Add ½ tsp each of salt, turmeric and pressure cook in a colander (no additional water) for 2 whistles. Drain the water completely. Add the

3)     In a pan, dry roast sesame seeds till they crackle . Cool and set aside.

4)     Heat the same pan. Add ½ TBSP oil, spurt mustard seeds, curry leaves, urad dal till the dal slightly browns.

5)     Now add the steamed karela, salt, jaggery, red chilli powder, amchur and toss well. Now add the grated coconut and coriander leaves and mix well.

6)     Just before serving , add the dry roasted sesame seeds and serve immediately with rice  / rotis.

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  1. Jayashree

    I love bittergourd, but am not too fond of sesame. Haven't tried combining the two in a dish.

  2. yummy dish

  3. vaishali sabnani

    the crunch of sesame will enhance the dish…i am really fond of karelas….sure this must have been a lovely dish.

  4. We love bittergoud and the sesame must have added a nice texture to the dish. Looks nice 🙂

  5. Interesting addition of sesame seeds..I am just about beginning to enjoy bittergourd in a curry my MIL taught me.

  6. I love bitter gourd 🙂 .. addition of sesame is new to me. Looks delicious Kalyani.

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  7. KrithisKitchen

    Bittergourd and sesame.. sounds like a must try combo..

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  8. Another bitter gourd lover here..Bookmarking your recipe to try..Nice one !

  9. Suma Gandlur

    Love the way you have pressure cooke the gourd. will have to give this a try sooner.:)

  10. Cool Lassi(e)

    Such a healthy curry! I like it better with Yogurt rice!

  11. Priya Suresh

    Never say no to anything with bittergourd, love the addition of sesame seeds..interesting..

  12. I love bittergourd and addition of sesame seeds is new to me will try your version soon. Curry looks yumm.

  13. I can say I still don't eat this..:).though I make it for the other elders at home..but that sesame looks nice, will try this for them next time..

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