Bitter Gourd Curry

Bitter gourd is a big NO to me when i was a kid and to most of the kids out there! Despite it's medicinal value people think twice before buying it from the market. As far as i know, there are two varieties of bitter gourd, the small teeny tiny ones and the regular lengthy ones. I started liking the small ones once i tasted the curry made using these tiny variety at one of my aunt's place.

Since then i insist my mom to buy small bitter gourd and make the curry. Needless to say, it tastes even better when mixed with white rice as soon as the dish is made. It is just heavenly. I have used the large bitter gourd's in today's recipe. Ingredients and the recipe steps are exactly the same as you do for the teeny tiny ones, i bet! Do give it a try and share your valuable feedback. Happy Cooking 😊😊😊.


2 large bitter gourd
2 medium sized tomatoes
2 medium sized tomatoes
4 garlic pods
salt to taste
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp mustard and split urad dhal
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves (optional)

Heat a non-stick pan or a heavy bottomed pan with oil.

Once its hot, add mustard seeds and urad dhal.

When the mustard seeds start to sputter, add finely chopped garlic.

Then add chopped onions. Saute till light brown.

Add finely chopped tomatoes.

Saute till mushy.

Push aside the tomato onion to one side of the pan and add chopped bitter gourd with few drops of oil and fry for 2 minutes on medium flame.

Combine the ingredients well, add turmeric and red chilli powder.

Add 1/4 cup of water. Cover it with a lid and cook till the vegetable gets cooked.

Add a tsp of oil at this stage and lower the flame.

Cook till the vegetable gets roasted nicely with light brown shades here and there.

Serve bitter gourd curry with rice or roti.


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