Bitter Gourd Curry (Hagala Kayi Gojju) Recipe

Updated on April 4, 2018
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Bitter Gourd Curry or Hagala Kayi Gojju

Eating Bitter Gourd Is Beneficial in Many Ways

Many people think that bitter gourd is the most despicable vegetable. People tend to think that its bitterness is irritating.

It is well-known that this vegetable contains many nutrients that the body needs. It has many medicinal properties that may help control diabetes, cancer, gout, and asthma.

Is Bitter Melon's Bitterness Disgusting?

I believe that this veggie's bitterness is not disgusting at all. If you know the right way to make dishes from bitter gourd, it will leave you licking your fingers after you finish your food. I assure you!

You can remove some bitterness before cooking it. This step is very important to reduce the bitterness. I will show you how to do this.

The bitter gourd curry I am showing you here is truly appetizing and flavorful. Roasted sesame seeds give this dish a nice aroma.

Now, let me share the recipe with you.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized bitter gourd, chopped in very small cubes
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 6 medium-sized green chilies, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp hing/asafetida
  • small lemon-sized tamarind, soaked in water
  • small lemon-sized jaggery
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Bitter Gourd Curry or Hagala Kai Gojju

  1. Slice bitter gourd lengthwise. Remove the seeds. Chop the flesh in small cubes. Alternatively, you can chop them in a vegetable chopper or food processor.
  2. Add half a teaspoon salt to them. Mix well. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Squeeze them by holding fist full of them at a time. This way, you will remove the bitter juice from them to some extant.
  4. Collect the bitter gourd in a bowl.
  5. Dry roast sesame seeds. Keep aside.
  6. Put grated coconut in a mixer or blender. Add 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds, green chilies, tamarind pulp, coriander leaves, jaggery, and roasted sesame seeds to it.
  7. Grind, adding water little by little to get a smooth paste or sauce. Collect it in a bowl. Set aside.
  8. Now, you start making the curry. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan or wok. Throw in hing/asafetida. Just press it with a spoon.
  9. Add mustard seeds. Let them splutter. Throw in curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
  10. Throw in bitter gourd. Add turmeric powder and some salt. Remember that you have already applied salt to chopped bitter gourd earlier. Even though you have squeezed the water, it may leave them a bit salty. Hence, use less salt now.
  11. Continue sauteing till they become a little brownish on the edges. This may take about ten-fifteen minutes on medium-low heat.
  12. Add ground masala paste/sauce. Add half a cup of water. Throw in jaggery. Mix well.
  13. Stir-cook the mix for 3-4 minutes. Check for the taste. Adjust accordingly. Now, your favorite bitter gourd curry or side dish is ready to serve.
  14. Transfer it to a serving bowl. Garnish it with a few chopped coriander leaves.
  15. Serve this curry as a side dish for rice, roti, chapati, curd rice etc. Enjoy the taste!

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Step one: Keep ready all the ingredients.Step two: Finely chop bitter gourd after removing the seeds. Add some salt. Mix well. Set aside for 15 minutes. Next, squeeze the water out. Collect the bitter gourd in a bowl.Step three: Dry roast sesame seeds. Keep aside. Step four: Put all the ingredients into a mixer or blender as per instructions for making the masala paste or sauce.Step five: Grind them together, adding water little by little to make a smooth sauce. Collect it in a bowl.Step six: Heat oil in a pan. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add hing and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.Step seven: Add chopped, squeezed bitter gourd. Saute on medium-low fire.Step eight: Throw in a little salt and turmeric powder.Step nine: Continue stir-cooking until the bitter gourd gets cooked and becomes brownish on the edges.Step ten: Add masala paste. Throw in jaggery powder. Mix well. Add half a cup of water. Step eleven: Boil the mix for three-four minutes. Check for the taste. Adjust accordingly.Step twelve: Turn off the stove. Transfer the curry to a serving bowl. Your favorite bitter gourd side dish is ready! Serve it with roti, rice, or any other flatbread. Enjoy eating!
Step one: Keep ready all the ingredients.
Step one: Keep ready all the ingredients.
Step two: Finely chop bitter gourd after removing the seeds. Add some salt. Mix well. Set aside for 15 minutes. Next, squeeze the water out. Collect the bitter gourd in a bowl.
Step two: Finely chop bitter gourd after removing the seeds. Add some salt. Mix well. Set aside for 15 minutes. Next, squeeze the water out. Collect the bitter gourd in a bowl.
Step three: Dry roast sesame seeds. Keep aside.
Step three: Dry roast sesame seeds. Keep aside.
Step four: Put all the ingredients into a mixer or blender as per instructions for making the masala paste or sauce.
Step four: Put all the ingredients into a mixer or blender as per instructions for making the masala paste or sauce.
Step five: Grind them together, adding water little by little to make a smooth sauce. Collect it in a bowl.
Step five: Grind them together, adding water little by little to make a smooth sauce. Collect it in a bowl.
Step six: Heat oil in a pan. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add hing and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
Step six: Heat oil in a pan. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add hing and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
Step seven: Add chopped, squeezed bitter gourd. Saute on medium-low fire.
Step seven: Add chopped, squeezed bitter gourd. Saute on medium-low fire.
Step eight: Throw in a little salt and turmeric powder.
Step eight: Throw in a little salt and turmeric powder.
Step nine: Continue stir-cooking until the bitter gourd gets cooked and becomes brownish on the edges.
Step nine: Continue stir-cooking until the bitter gourd gets cooked and becomes brownish on the edges.
Step ten: Add masala paste. Throw in jaggery powder. Mix well. Add half a cup of water.
Step ten: Add masala paste. Throw in jaggery powder. Mix well. Add half a cup of water.
Step eleven: Boil the mix for three-four minutes. Check for the taste. Adjust accordingly.
Step eleven: Boil the mix for three-four minutes. Check for the taste. Adjust accordingly.
Step twelve: Turn off the stove. Transfer the curry to a serving bowl. Your favorite bitter gourd side dish is ready! Serve it with roti, rice, or any other flatbread. Enjoy eating!
Step twelve: Turn off the stove. Transfer the curry to a serving bowl. Your favorite bitter gourd side dish is ready! Serve it with roti, rice, or any other flatbread. Enjoy eating!

Nutritional Information of Bitter Gourd Curry or Hagala Kayi Gojju

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 118
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 180 mg8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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