Kakarakaya Pulusu (Bitter Gourd Soup)

Happy Women's day to everyone.
How many of you will run away from bitter gourd? I am one of them. I always used to give excuses to eat this vegetable. Only way I used eat to this vegetable is fry and sometimes pulusu. But now a days I understood the value of this vegetable and started eating in the form of pulusu/soup.

Recipe source ... (MOM)


2 bitter gourd
1 onion
2 green chilies
1/2 cup tamarind juice or 2tbsp store bought tamarind pulp
small piece of jaggery or 2 tbsp of sugar
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of asfatoedia/hing
red chili powder as per your spice level
pinch of turmeric powder
1tbsp of roasted sesame powder
2 red chilies
curry leaves
oil for tampering
To thicken the soup 1tsp of rice flour mix it with 1 tsp of water.

Roast sesame seeds(1/2 cup sesame seeds) along with 2 or 3 red chilies as per your spice level and make a powder of it and keep it aside. This powder will be handy in most of the dishes. I always store this powder.
Wash and chop bitter gourd and onions. Slit chilies length wise. In a pan add oil once oil is hot add mustard seeds. Once mustard seeds starts spluttering add red chilies, green chilies, hing, curry leaves, turmeric and onions. Once onions turns into golden color add red chili powder and chopped bitter gourd. Shallow fry for 5 mts and add water and let the vegetables cook. Once vegetable is cooked add tamarind juice, jaggery and Sesame powder. Adjust salt and let it cook for few more mts in spices.

To thicken the soup add rice flour paste and mix it thoroughly. Delicious and healthy soup is ready to be served.


  1. This sounds lovely...my hus wud love it....


  2. I Love bitter gourd and I am always looking out for new ways to make it. Thank you so much for the recipe.

    you have not mentioned the sesame seed quantity.

  3. Thanks Reshmi
    @Raki, Sesame powder 1 tbsp i mentioned. It is upto how much u want to make and store.. Thanks for the comment

  4. Healthy dish, love bitterguards dish!

  5. Happy Women's Day to u too...Very new to me....looks yum...

  6. First time to ur blog. Lovely dishes. First time hearing abt soup with bittergourd. would like to try it out.

  7. I love this.Has a combination of bitter and tangy taste.

    First time to your blog. Happy to follow you

  8. happy women's day :) this looks really refreshng soup :)

  9. Hi , first time here i guess. I make pitlai with BG but tats something different from this. this sounds easy/will try :)

  10. Wat a fabulous looking pulusu,inviting..

  11. Thanks everyone for your comments