Karati Che Kismore

Karati Che Kismore

One of my favourite foods right from childhood has been bitter gourd. That’s right bitter gourd or karela as in Hindi, karla in Marathi and hagalkai in Kannada and Karati in Konkani.

 In fact I remember begging my Mama for his Neem paste when I was 4 or 5 years old. It used to be bitter and he was sure I was buttering him up for a ride on his bike. He applied the paste warned me to use it not just spit it out etc and watched with wide eyes as I did the needful.

Both my SIL bet with me to eat 1 slice of bitter gourd, raw. They did not know then that, “Cadbury ke liye kuch bhi karega”!

So I was thrilled when my elder daughter started eating the stuff. Besides my FIL is diabetic so this is made quite often.

This is a traditional Goan recipe and is called Karati che Kissmore. Kissmores are made out of dried prawns, papad and of course Karati.

There are no fixed proportions so I am just mentioning the ingredients.

 Bitter gourd
Coconut, freshly grated
Chilli powder
Haldi/turmeric powder
Chopped green chillies
Lemon juice
Sugar (optional)


1.       Wash and cut the bitter gourd into fine pieces .Add salt and let it marinate over night.
2.       In the morning add water to the bitter gourd and salt mix and squeeze out the liquid. It should be quite dry.
3.       In kadhai heat oil, add a little, say a tblspn of the squeezed bitter gourd and fry till crisp. Move to the side in the kadhai, add the next batch. The general idea it to fry the bitter gourd in minimum oil till crisp and brownish black.
4.       When all the bitter gourd is fried, add the onion stir, add the coconut and fry till the onion is well cooked.
5.       Add the haldi/turmeric, chilli powder, green chillies and mix well. Switch off the gas and squeeze the lime, sugar. Stir for some time or alternatively make a thin layer of the mixture in the hot kadhai. Let it cool. PLEASE DO NOT ADD SALT.
6.       Just before serving add the coriander.

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11 thoughts on “Karati Che Kismore

  1. Priya February 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm Reply

    Never tried adding coconut in bittergourd curry, interesting goan dish.

  2. savitha ramesh February 17, 2011 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Bitter gaurd with a superb makeover…..loving it

  3. Hamaree Rasoi February 18, 2011 at 2:14 am Reply

    Karela Curry looks awesome. You have made bitter gourd look so inviting.Deepa Hamaree Rasoi

  4. My attempt at The Julie/Julia project February 18, 2011 at 3:55 am Reply

    Beautiful karela sabzi..u have a nice space here..glad to follow u 🙂

  5. Prathibha February 18, 2011 at 4:46 am Reply

    Thats a very beautiful looking bitter sabzi..yummy..we love thsi vegetable..

  6. Pushpa February 18, 2011 at 6:21 am Reply

    Delicious dish…

  7. Ramya February 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Bittergourd sabzi looks soo tangy:-)Even I love Karela:-)

  8. Nisa Homey February 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm Reply

    Now I am tempted to like bittergourd…this looks tempting too.

  9. Chitra February 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm Reply

    Hi, first time here. this recipe is new to me..looks nice.

  10. divya February 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm Reply

    looks fantastic. Superb!!! 🙂

  11. Amritha Kalyani February 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm Reply

    interesting dish.. looks delicious. will def try one day..

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