Stir-Fried Vegetables: How to Make Bitter Gourd Stir-Fry (Hagalakai Palya)

Updated on March 25, 2018
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Bitter Gourd Stir-Fry
Bitter Gourd Stir-Fry

A Delicious Side Dish Packed With Nutrients

Bitter gourd is popularly known as a medicinal vegetable. People use it often for its health benefits. Bitter gourd is a delicious veggie that is slightly bitter. If you cook it in the right way, you can minimize its bitterness. You won't taste any bitterness in this stir-fry.

Bitter gourd is a known source of vitamin C, calcium, and dietary fiber. It is a miraculous, low-calorie vegetable. It may help lower blood sugar levels. It may improve respiratory health and possibly boost skin health. It may even help reduce the effects of hemorrhoids.

About Bitter Gourd Stir-Fry:

Immersing freshly cut bitter gourd slices in a mixture of salt and sour curd makes it less bitter. Next, you have to squeeze the water out and stir-fry the slices with some oil. Adding spices makes it very delicious.

Over to the detailed recipe.

5 stars for Bitter Gourd Stir-Fry

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: A bowl of stir-fried bitter gourd

Ingredients

  • 2 bitter gourd, or 2 cups bitter gourd slices.
  • 2 cups sour curd
  • 2 onions, julienned
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds, optional
  • 1/2 tsp sambar powder, rasam powder or red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or as required
  • goose berry size tamarind, or 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 pinches asafoetida/hing powder
  • 3-4 tbsp oil, I used coconut oil
  • 1 tsp jaggery powder, or sugar

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Bitter Gourd Stir-Fry

  1. Wash bitter gourd. Slice them. Remove the seeds.
  2. Immerse it in sour curds. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix well. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Squeeze out the water. Collect the slices.
  4. Heat some oil in a deep-bottomed pan, preferably a non-stick pan. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add cumin seeds. Add hing powder. Saute till cumin sizzles.
  5. Add onions. Stir-fry on a medium heat till it becomes dark golden brown. It may take about 5 minutes.
  6. Add bitter gourd. Add some more oil. Continue stir-cooking for 6-8 minutes. Now, bitter gourd shrinks a bit, losing its water content.
  7. Throw in turmeric powder, asafoetida/hing powder, sugar or jaggery, red chili powder, sambar powder, and some salt.
  8. Stir-cook on a very low heat, while occasionally sprinkling drops of oil. You have to continue cooking till the veggie gets cooked.
  9. Add tamarind water. Mix well. Once the moisture reduces completely, turn off the heat.
  10. Transfer the stir-fry to a serving dish. Your favorite bitter gourd stir-fry is ready to serve.
  11. Use it as a side dish along with other accompaniments and main course.
  12. Serve about 2 table spoons of it per person. This will be tasty and not so bitter. Enjoy the meals!

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Step one: Immerse bitter gourd slices in curd and salt mixture.Step two: Mix well. Set aside for 15-20 minutes. Next, squeeze them, and discard the water. Collect bitter gourd in a bowl.Step three: Heat oil in a pan. Saute mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them crackle.Step four: Throw in chopped onions. Stir-fry them till they get dark golden brown.Step five: Add bitter gourd. Continue stir-cooking for 6-8 minutes. By this time, bitter gourd gets partially cooked and loses some of its' moisture. Add drops of oil occasionally while sauteing.Step six: Add turmeric powder, sambar powder/curry powder, red chili powder, sugar, hing powder, and salt.Step seven: Continue stir-cooking on a low heat till bitter gourd becomes almost dry. Add tamarind pulp or lemon juice. Continue cooking for a while to blend it with the contents in the pan. Step eight: Turn off the heat. Transfer the stir-fry to a serving plate. Use it as a side dish for meals, along with the other accompaniments and main course. Enjoy eating 2-3 table spoons of this yummy side dish.Bitter gourd stir-fry.
Step one: Immerse bitter gourd slices in curd and salt mixture.
Step one: Immerse bitter gourd slices in curd and salt mixture.
Step two: Mix well. Set aside for 15-20 minutes. Next, squeeze them, and discard the water. Collect bitter gourd in a bowl.
Step two: Mix well. Set aside for 15-20 minutes. Next, squeeze them, and discard the water. Collect bitter gourd in a bowl.
Step three: Heat oil in a pan. Saute mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them crackle.
Step three: Heat oil in a pan. Saute mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them crackle.
Step four: Throw in chopped onions. Stir-fry them till they get dark golden brown.
Step four: Throw in chopped onions. Stir-fry them till they get dark golden brown.
Step five: Add bitter gourd. Continue stir-cooking for 6-8 minutes. By this time, bitter gourd gets partially cooked and loses some of its' moisture. Add drops of oil occasionally while sauteing.
Step five: Add bitter gourd. Continue stir-cooking for 6-8 minutes. By this time, bitter gourd gets partially cooked and loses some of its' moisture. Add drops of oil occasionally while sauteing.
Step six: Add turmeric powder, sambar powder/curry powder, red chili powder, sugar, hing powder, and salt.
Step six: Add turmeric powder, sambar powder/curry powder, red chili powder, sugar, hing powder, and salt.
Step seven: Continue stir-cooking on a low heat till bitter gourd becomes almost dry. Add tamarind pulp or lemon juice. Continue cooking for a while to blend it with the contents in the pan.
Step seven: Continue stir-cooking on a low heat till bitter gourd becomes almost dry. Add tamarind pulp or lemon juice. Continue cooking for a while to blend it with the contents in the pan.
Step eight: Turn off the heat. Transfer the stir-fry to a serving plate. Use it as a side dish for meals, along with the other accompaniments and main course. Enjoy eating 2-3 table spoons of this yummy side dish.
Step eight: Turn off the heat. Transfer the stir-fry to a serving plate. Use it as a side dish for meals, along with the other accompaniments and main course. Enjoy eating 2-3 table spoons of this yummy side dish.
Bitter gourd stir-fry.
Bitter gourd stir-fry.

Nutritional Information of Bitter Gourd Stir-Fry

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 132
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 68 mg3%
* 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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