Bitter Gourd Fry

Bitter Gourd is a vegetable that many people love and many people hate! Since it is a vegetable with many medicinal properties, it is a challenge to cook it in a manner that pleases all.

Here is a recipe that enhances the flavors of this vegetable and makes it a treat to eat.


2 Bitter Gourds (medium sized), deseeded and sliced as shown above

1 Medium sized Onion, finely chopped

2 Green chillies, slit

A few curry leaves

1 tbsp jaggery, powdered

1 tbsp coconut, ground

½ tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp coriander powder

½ tsp cumin powder

½ tsp chilli powder

½ tsp tamarind extract

½ tsp garam masala

4 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

salt to taste


Clean bitter gourd and cut into thin pieces as shown in the picture above. Mix with ½ tsp salt and set aside for half an hour.

Take a thick bottomed pan. Fry the sliced bitter gourd for 2-3 minutes on a slow flame till the moisture evaporates and the bitter gourd turns slightly brownish.

In a pressure pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add the chopped onions. When the onions turn pink, add the green chillies, and curry leaves and fry for a few minutes.

Add the bitter gourd and stir well. Next, add the turmeric, chilli, coriander and cumin powders. On a slow flame, keep stirring this mixture for a few minutes.

Next, add the coconut paste, jaggery and tamarind extract. Mix well. Adjust the salt as per taste and add the garam masala. Add ¼ cup of water and pressure cook this mixture (usually 2 whistles) till it is well cooked.

Once the pressure cooker cools down, open it and once again cook the bitter gourd mixture on a slow flame and stir till the mixture is dry.


Bitter Gourd Fry


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