Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pavakka (Tamil)/ Kakarakaya(Telugu) or Bitter guard fry

For some reason Bitter guard is my favorite. The only problem is chopping them fine. I still remember, I used to help mom in chopping this before she fries this (feels like a long time ago). We even had a bitter guard plant when when I was really young.
Its fairly easy and I am pretty sure most of you already know how to make this. I am still posting this here to remind you all that "its-out-there" :). Go grab it! Below would serve 2. I have served this with spinach dal (Palakura Pappu). I keep using Telugu words at home from time to time (mostly we speak Tamil or English) and my hubby is picking up Telugu very fast :). The other day he said, "Pappu super baagundi".
Bitter Guard: , finely chopped in rounds
Onion: 1 medium sized, chopped
Curry leaves: 1 string, washed
Garlic pods: 2, crushed
Red Chili Powder: 1 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp (or according to taste)
Oil: 2 tbsp

  • Chop the bitter guard in round shape and wash them. The finer you chop them, the better it is 'supposed' to taste. I usually leave the seeds within.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add crushed garlic, curry leaves and chopped onion.
  • Fry the onions until translucent and then add the chopped bitter guard (stir often to avoid burnt guard).
  • Fry the bitter guard until its completely cooked and started to get a little brown.
  • Add salt and chili powder and switch off the stove. 
  • Serve warm with dal or rasam.


  1. Never made bitter gaurd this way before..looks yummy

  2. Love pavakka fry,nice recipe dear,my hubby sure will love this.

  3. luv bitter.grd in any form...nice recipe D:

  4. It's a very frequently made at our home. adding garlic and onions sounds nice

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Simply delicious, love bittergroud as anything..

  6. Wow this looks healthy and delicious fry.

  7. I too love bitter gourd .Looks yummy!

  8. WEll MY FAVOURITE VEGETABLE :) KARELA especially when mum use to make by filling them up...

    and the pic looks lovely I want some :)


  9. Healthy and delicious stir fry!

    Madhu, crystallised ginger is also known as candied ginger (sugar coated ginger pieces). I got them from organic shop. Hope this helps.

  10. healthy and delicious to eat looks wonderful

  11. interesting presentation ....its my fav too..:D
    Tasty appetite

  12. Love pavakka in any forms, those are good for health too.