firstly, slice bitter gourd to thick slices and remove seeds.
add 1 tsp salt and mix well.
allow to rest for 30 minutes. this helps to reduce the bitterness of bitter gourd.
now in a pan take 2 tbsp peanut, 2 tbsp sesame, 1 tsp chana dal, 1 tsp urad dal, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds, ¼ tsp methi and 4 dried red chilli.
roast on low flame until it turns aromatic.
cool completely and blend to a fine powder. keep aside.
after resting bitter gourd in salt for 30 minutes, squeeze off the juice. this helps to reduce the bitterness.
in a large kadai heat 3 tbsp oil and fry bitter gourd slices.
and 1 tsp mustard, 1 tsp urad dal, 1 tsp chana dal, ½ tsp cumin, pinch hing and 1 dried red chilli.
splutter the tempering.
now add ½ onion, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and saute well.
add in fried bitter gourd, ½ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp salt and saute well.
now add in prepared masala powder and saute slightly.
further add 1 cup tamarind extract, 1 tbsp jaggery and mix well adjusting consistency as required.
cover and boil for 5 minutes or until oil separates.
finally, add 2 tbsp coriander and enjoy kakarakaya pulusu with hot steamed rice or chapati.