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Bitter Gourd Curry: A Healthy and Diabetic-Friendly Dish

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Rozlin loves to cook delicious Indian meals for her family. She enjoys sharing some of her favorite recipes with her online readers.

Bitter gourd curry served with pickle and jowar roti.

Bitter gourd curry served with pickle and jowar roti.

This Curry Will Make You Love Bitter Gourd

Not everyone loves bitter gourd—even I don’t like it. But this recipe actually made me fall in love with this vegetable.

This curry, known as kerala ki sabji in Hindi, is prepared with onions, tomato, spices, and fried bitter gourd. Dry mango powder makes the curry tangy, which reduces the natural bitterness of the bitter gourd.

Bitter gourd is very healthy; it is rich in antioxidants as well as vitamins A and C. I try to include this vegetable in my diet at least two or three times per month.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min

1 hour

3 servings

Ingredients

  • 300 grams bitter gourd, sliced
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon nigella seeds
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mango powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • oil, as needed for frying

Instructions

  1. Trim off both ends of the bitter gourd. Then cut the gourd in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds.
  2. Slice the bitter groud into half-circles and transfer the pieces to a colander. Sprinkle some salt on top. Set the colander aside for 15-20 minutes; then squeeze the slices and rinse them well in water. Squeeze the pieces again to remove the water. This process helps to get rid of the bitterness from the bitter gourd.
  3. Deep-fry the bitter gourd in oil until they turn crisp. Transfer to an absorbent paper.
  4. Heat 3 tablespoon oil in a cooking pot, keeping the flame on low. Add cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds and nigella seeds. Sauté until cumin seeds turn golden brown.
  5. Add sliced onions and cook until translucent. Do not brown the onions.
  6. Add chopped tomato and mix well. Cook until they become soft.
  7. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and dry mango powder. Mix well and cook until the oil separates.
  8. Add fried bitter gourd and salt. Mix well. Cook for 5 minutes more or until oil separates.
  9. Serve hot with roti or paratha.

Photo Guide

Four bitter gourds (300 grams)

Four bitter gourds (300 grams)

Cut off both the ends of the bitter gourd. Then cut the lengthwise.

Cut off both the ends of the bitter gourd. Then cut the lengthwise.

Remove its seeds with the help of a spoon.

Remove its seeds with the help of a spoon.

Here i have removed the seeds from all the  four bitter gourds.

Here i have removed the seeds from all the four bitter gourds.

Now, slice the bitter groud.

Now, slice the bitter groud.

Transfer it in a colander. Add some salt on the sliced pieces.

Transfer it in a colander. Add some salt on the sliced pieces.

Set the colander aside for 15-20 minutes.

Set the colander aside for 15-20 minutes.

Then, squeeze the sliced pieces.

Then, squeeze the sliced pieces.

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Here i have squeezed all the sliced pieces.

Here i have squeezed all the sliced pieces.

Rinse them very well in water.

Rinse them very well in water.

Let the water strain.

Let the water strain.

Or squeeze the sliced pieces again to remove the water. This will get rid of the bitterness from the bitter gourd.

Or squeeze the sliced pieces again to remove the water. This will get rid of the bitterness from the bitter gourd.

Deep fry the sliced pieces in oil

Deep fry the sliced pieces in oil

Fry them until crisp.

Fry them until crisp.

Remove on an absorbent paper.

Remove on an absorbent paper.

Here i have sliced onions and chopped tomato.

Here i have sliced onions and chopped tomato.

Heat 3 tablespoon oil in a cooking pot. Keep the flame low. To it, add cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds and nigella seeds. Sauté well until cumin seeds turn golden brown.

Heat 3 tablespoon oil in a cooking pot. Keep the flame low. To it, add cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds and nigella seeds. Sauté well until cumin seeds turn golden brown.

Sauté well until cumin seeds turn golden brown.

Sauté well until cumin seeds turn golden brown.

Add sliced onions and cook until translucent. Do not brown the onions.

Add sliced onions and cook until translucent. Do not brown the onions.

Add chopped tomato and mix well. Cook until they become soft.

Add chopped tomato and mix well. Cook until they become soft.

Further, add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and dry mango powder. Give a good mix and cook until oil separates.

Further, add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and dry mango powder. Give a good mix and cook until oil separates.

Give a good mix and cook until oil separates.

Give a good mix and cook until oil separates.

Now add fried bitter gourd.

Now add fried bitter gourd.

Add salt. Mix well.

Add salt. Mix well.

Cook for 5 minutes more or until oil separates.

Cook for 5 minutes more or until oil separates.

Serve hot with roti or paratha.

Serve hot with roti or paratha.

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