Monday, February 14, 2011

Aakakarakaya vepudu/Baby karela fry/Teasel gourd fry

Aa kakarakaya or baby karela as it is referred to in Telugu is a popular vegetable in AP, specially found during this season. Baby karelas are light green in color, small and round and less bitter than the actual karelas. Baby karela fry is another simple fry, that is innovative and attracts even those who do not relish karela.

Preparation time: 10-15 mins

Serves: 2


Baby bitter gourd/Teasel gourd/Spiny gourd (chota karela/ Aa kakarakaya) 3/4th kilo
Refined cooking oil 1cup
Red chilli powder to taste

Salt to taste


Wash, wipe and cut the gourd into thin circles.

Heat oil in pan/kadai.

Fry the teasel gourd circles in the heated oil on medium heat till crisp.

Remove onto tissue to drain out excess oil.

Sprinkle salt, red chilli powder and sugar(optional, if you still feel the gourd tastes bitter, actually it doesn’t.)

Aakakarakaya vepudu is done. Traditionally served with ghee topped hot rice, this is another of the popular vepudus from Andhra. Serve as bitter gourd chips with main course rice and surprise your connoisseurs.

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