Monday, May 11, 2015

Bitter Gourd Fry (Dry Curry)

Ready to Serve Bitter Gourd Fry.
Bitter Gourd is known for its healthy qualities and it has many medicinal values. Many like to eat and they are fond of this vegetable. One has to have a habit of eating bitter gourd at least once in fifteen days. As I said before, it has many many good qualities which is good for our body and helps to be healthy in natural way.
Let us see some benefits of adding bitter gourd in our diet.
Bitter Gourd has been used in village medicine since a long time for its numerous therapeutic benefits. It is packed with some nutrients and healthy components.  It helps to maintain digestive health. Bitter gourd is full of dietary fiber which is required by the body. They helps to prevent problems like constipation. They are good for killing infectious worms in our stomach. It helps to improve immunity. They are rich source of Vitamin C which helps to boost our immunity. They are good for diabetics. They helps to loose extra weight.and prevents vision related disorders. Using bitter gourd, helps you to look beautiful since it has an abundant supply of fibre, vitamins, anti - oxidants and minerals which helps to flush out the toxins.
Bitter gourd fry can be served as one of the side dish.It goes well with plain rice, chapatis, rotis, pooris and naans.
Actually I wanted to deep fry and at the end of the day I just shallow fried and mixed all the spices together and it turned as dry curry. I did not use any water except tamarind pulp. The mixture of spice and tangy sweet and salt made bitter gourd fry as super yummy.
No Onion or Garlic added in " Bitter Gourd Fry".

Lets see the recipe now.

Things Needed :

Bitter Gourd : 1
Ground Nuts : 1/2 Cup ( 3 to 4 Table spoons  of roasted powder )
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon
Methi seeds : 5 to 6 
Besan (Channa dal powder)  : 2 Table spoons
Chilly Powder : 1/2 Tea spoon
Rasam Powder : 1/2 Tea spoon
Salt : as required
Tamarind pulp or lemon extract : 1 Table spoon
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8
Coriander Leaves : 2 Table spoons
Ingh : a pinch
Jaggery : 2 to 3 Table spoons
Oil : 2 Table spoons

Method :

1. Wash and cut bitter gourd in circle shape and remove the inner pulp and seeds. Keep it aside.

2. Roast ground nuts and remove the outer skin and powder in rava consistency. ( not fully powder).
3. Soak tamarind in hot water ( very less quantity of water to be used) and squeeze out the pulp.
4. Now put besan, ground nut powder, rasam powder, red chilly powder, little jeera and salt together in a big plate or bowl
  5. Mix it nicely and spread this mixture on the cut bitter gourd circled pieces. Mix it nicely and keep it aside.

 6. Keep a pan on the fire and put oil. Put jeera and Methi seeds. Let it turn slightly brown. Add ingh and curry leaves to it.
7. Add bitter gourd pieces as it is in the oil. Fry on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes. 
8. Add tamarind pulp and jaggery. Stir slowly and mix it well. Let the bitter gourd turn soft.
9. Now add coriander leaves and shift  bitter gourd fry to a serving dish.
10 Serve with the main dish you prepared.

Note ;

You must cut the pieces in to very thin. You can use onions and garlic if you wish to. Adding more oil is optional. By using more oil you can deep fry the bitter gourd. Though it is tasty using more oil is not good for health. You can also add ajwan  (thymol in English)( oma in Kannada). dry grind a little and then mix it with besan and groundnut powder. Adding green chilly to the seasoning is optional.
Preparation time : 5 minutes 
Cooking  time : 10 minutes.
Serves : 2 .


  1. Wow!! Yummy bitter gourd sabzi!! Love the addition of besan!!

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    1. You are welcome Mohansundaraj Thabgavel...thanks for the comment..