Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bitter Gourd Gravy

  • 2 Bitter gourd
  • 1/2 cup Onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 lemon size Tamarind
  • 2 tbsp Coriander chopped
  • 1/2 cup Coconut shredded
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • Salt to taste

  1. Wash and chop the bitter gourd in to small pieces.
  2. Heat a pan, add these chopped bitter gourd and dry roast until light brown.
  3. In the meantime microwave tamarind with little water and remove the extract.
  4. Grind the coconut to a smooth paste with little water and keep aside.
  5. Now heat a pressure cooker, add oil, when hot add mustard, when they splutter add onion, curry leaves and garlic, fry well until onions are golden brown.
  6. Add tomatoes, saute till they are soft.
  7. Add chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder, saute well.
  8. Now add the fried bitter gourd pieces, stir it.
  9. Add the tamarind extract, coconut paste and salt. Mix them, add very little water and close the lid.
  10. Pressure cook for 2 whistles and leave untouched till the pressure is released.
  11. Add coriander leaves.
  12. Serve with rice along with ghee and papad.


  1. If you don't like the bitterness of the vegetable, wash it 3-4 times after chopping into pieces. 

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