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Kakarakaya Karam Podi – Video Recipe | Andhra Special Bitter gourd Spice Powder

There are several people I know (me included) who would turn their nose up at eating bitter gourd / bitter melon, despite its health benefits. 

Goes by the name Bitter gourd, bitter melon, kakarakaya (Telugu), Hagalakayi (Kannada), Pavakkkai (Tamil), this has lovers and haters in equal proportion. Without this recipe, surely I wouldn’t be attempting to eat bitter gourd on a regular basis. For the lovers of this veggie, this is a tasty, healthy podi that goes well with hot steamed rice and Idli / Dosa / Adai equally.

As the blog turns 9 today, I can’t help but reflect how much our eating and lifestyle habits have changed (for the better). With absolutely no knowledge of lighting or photography or plating or social media or facebook, it’s been a wonderful learning experience as I take into presenting recipes in healthier, ecologically sustainable formats. 

The family’s support in this journey has been undoubtedly massive as has the support and comments from readers and co-bloggers ! Thank you for the same and hoping to see more traction and movement as I gather more momentum to

Take this blog forward !!


As this is a video recipe, please do refer the video embedded below for the directions. The ingredient list however is given as below. Do let me know how you liked this recipe and video. Your valuable feedback is most sincerely appreciated. 



Renu had given us a theme where we could use secret / generally unused ingredients to make condiments for #Foodie Mondaybloghop



Prep time – 15 mins , cook time – 20 mins (or bake/ fry time as needed), 

Makes – approx 150 grams of spice powder.


Bitter gourd – 250 grams

Oil – 4 TBSP + 2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Sesame powder – 1 heaped tsp

jaggery – 1 tsp (optional, i didn’t add)

For the spice powder:

Tamarind – gooseberry size

Garlic pods – 8 to 10 (optional)

Urad dal / split black gram – 2 TBSP

Channa dal / bengal gram – 5 TBSP

Dry Red chillies – 10 to 12 (adjust spice)

Curry leaves – few

Coriander seeds – 2 tsp

Jeera / Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Shelf life – about 30~45 days if stored under sterile conditions. 


Follow the YouTube video embedded below and check how to make this.






  1. cookwithrenu

    I am not a Karela fan but I might try if sneaked in this way. Specially in the form of podi's as I make a lot of Idlis. The podi looks quite flavourful too.

  2. Mayuri Patel

    I'm not a Karela fan but I'd probably enjoy this kakarakaya garam podi. An excellent way to enjoy the nutritional value of karela.

  3. I love Karela and this is another good way to include in my diet.. dry chutney powders are so handy and have longer shelf life. looks so inviting.. will surely try it!

  4. Wow, what a great recipe! I do like karela, but don't love it. I've been hearing a lot about Karela Podi lately, how delicious it tastes. Would love to try this out some time. 🙂

    Congratulations on 9 years of blogging!

  5. Vasusvegkitchen

    Congratulations on completing 9 wonderful years of blogging Kalyani, Keep rocking dear????????. This one is my current fav podi,your podi looking very tasty, loved all the pics. Love to have this podi with all South Indian breakfasts and rice but need ghee 🙂

  6. Congratulations Kalyani for your 9 year blog anniversary. Many more to come. Loved this podi recipe with bitter gourd. I think people who don't like bitter gourd also love this flavorful podi. Great with hot steamed rice and ghee.

  7. preethi'scuisine

    We love Karela at home. I love this bitter gourd chutney powder. It is so delicious.

  8. preethi'scuisine

    Hearty congrats on your blog anniversary!! Wish you all a very happy Anniversary!!

  9. Poonam Bachhav

    I like bitter gourd but never tasted or made a chutney with it. Your video sounds very simple to follow. Would definitely love trying it.

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