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Spiny Gourd Onion Tomato Fry


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Spiny Gourd Onion Tomato Fry Recipe, Bitter Melon, Karela Sabji, How To Make Spiny Gourd Onion Tomato Fry Recipe

The spiny gourd is a seasonal vegetable popular in the state of Rajasthan, especially during the rainy season. Spiny gourds are mild and easy to digest. They are very good for diabetic people.



   Spiny Gourd Onion Tomato Fry



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About Recipe

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How to make Spiny Gourd Onion Tomato Fry

(38 ratings)
14 reviews so far
Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
15 mins
Spiny Gourd Onion Tomato Fry
Author : Vahchef
Main Ingredient : Spinach
Servings : 4 persons
Published date : February 11, 2019

Ingredients used in Spiny Gourd Onion Tomato Fry
• Turmeric powder - 1/4 tea spoon.
• Salt - to taste.
• Onions(slices) - 2 numbers.
• Garlic(crushed) - 5 cloves.
• Cumin seeds - 1/4 tea spoon.
• Mustard seeds - 1/4 tea spoon.
• Oil - 1 tablespoon.
• Spiny gourd (aa kakarakaya) - 200 grams.
• Tomatoes(chopped) - 2 numbers.
• Chili powder - 1 tea spoon.
• Cumin powder - ½ tea spoon.
• Coriander powder - 1 tea spoon.
• Coriander leaves(chopped) - ½ bunch.
  • First, take spiny gourd (Aa kakarakaya) fry in the hot oil, keep it aside.
  • Pour some oil in the pan, when oil is hot add mustard seeds, when mustard seeds splutter add cumin seeds, crush garlic, slices of onions, salt, saute it for a minute then add turmeric powder, chopped tomato, chilly powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, mix it well cook for 2 minutes.
  • Then add spiny Gourd put the lid on and let it cook for some time, then add chopped coriander.

Serve this with chapati.

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   Spiny Gourd Onion Tomato Fry



Spiny gourd is a seasonal vegetable popular in the state of Rajasthan especially during the rainy season    Spiny Gourd Onion Tomato Fryis slightly similar to a smaller version of bitter gourd. This dish is brilliantly made with spiny gourds cut into quarters, slowly roasted in spices to bring out the flavor of the vegetable giving a nice delicious taste while eating. Spiny gourds are small pods, dark green in color and have a meaty texture. It also has a unique flavor and tastes extremely good eaten with rice, rasam or pappu pulusu.


Spiny gourd is a seasonal vegetable popular in the state of Rajasthan especially during the rainy season. This vegetable is also commonly known by various names such as Kantola, Bhat korola, Kakrol, Kantoli etc. It is mainly cultivated in the mountain regions of India. The fresh spiny gourds are generally green in color and slowly change color when they get ripe from light green to yellow indicating they are over-ripen and taste bitter, hence they are often are cooked when fresh and green in color.

Recipe:  Spiny Gourd Onion Tomato Fry


  1. Salt                            -       to taste
  2. Onions                      -       2 nos
  3. Garlic, crushed       -       5 cloves
  4. Cumin                      -       ½ tsp
  5. Mustard                   -       ¼ tsp
  6. Oil                             -       1 tbsp
  7. Spiny gourd            -       200 gms
  8. Tomatoes                -       2 nos
  9. Chilli pd                  -       1 tsp
  10. Cumin pd               -       ½ tsp
  11. Coriander pd         -       1 tsp
  12. Coriander leaves   -       1 bunch


  1. Firstly cut the spiny gourd (Aa Kakarakaya) and fry in hot oil and keep aside.
  2. Add little oil in the pan and when it gets hot, add mustard seeds. When they crackle, add cumin seeds, crushed garlic, slices of onions, salt and sauté for a minute.
  3. Add turmeric pd, chopped tomatoes, chilli pd, cumin pd, coriander pd and mix well for 2 minutes.
  4. And then add spiny gourd and cover the pan with a lid and allow cooking for some time.
  5. Finally garnish with coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
  6. Serve with roti, chapatti or rice.


 Spiny gourd onion tomato fry is an awesome and simple dish yet absolutely delicious and yummy to taste. Made with simple and regular spices, onions and tomato on cooking give a pleasant sweet and tangy taste taking off the slight bitterness from the spiny gourd vegetable. To get the exact taste, you must try preparing this dish and I am sure will make it a part of your daily diet. Spiny gourds are mild and easy to digest. They are very good for diabetic people.


They are rich source of phyto-nutrients, low in calories and come with different nutrients like dietary fiber, mineral, vitamins and anti-oxidants. The fibers help in stimulating proper digestion. Intake of spiny gourd reduces blood sugar levels in diabetic patients as they rich in Phyto-nutrient, polypeptide-P, plant insulin and charantin, which boosts the glycogen synthesis in the cells of liver, muscle and adipose tissue.


They also has antioxidants like Vit C, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthins that are known as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals. Do try this recipe and delight your palate with different variations of spiny gourd recipes. To try more delectable dishes, do click on: My rating: 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s) You could always reach me at my below links:

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akshi6979 Posted on Sun Jul 21 2013


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Neththra'sVision Posted on Sun Jul 21 2013

I am also a person who likes to buy different vegetables from the market.Spiky melon is one of my favorite vegetables.Thank you so much chef Sanjay Thumma for teaching this recipe.

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rajia sultana Posted on Sun Jul 21 2013

in bengali we call it kakroll. i love this vegetableb... thanks for the awsome recipe.

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sema rai Posted on Sun Jul 21 2013

u shown a new vegetable sanjay

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queen bee Posted on Sun Jul 21 2013

too bad we dont get this spiny gourd in malaysia

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Nagesh Kondepudi Posted on Mon Jul 22 2013

Dear chef have you Konkani receipes.

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Suresh Khalanekar Posted on Wed Jul 24 2013

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Jason Gurtz-Cayla Posted on Sun Jul 28 2013

I love that you mention the children because many do become spoiled and are not eating well. Always trying new things <3

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Simna Amjad Posted on Mon Jul 29 2013

I tried this. It turned out good. Thank u for inspiring me to try out a new vegetable, chef. :-)

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mveer d Posted on Fri Jul 04 2014

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mounica akunuri Posted on Mon Aug 24 2015

Frydem in oil??

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Priyanka princes Posted on Tue Oct 13 2015

Tried it today. . Came out very nicely. .I learned cooking only by watching your videos chef. . Your way of explaining is also good and sometimes humorous. .Hatsoff chef. . U are awesome. . ?

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