Sunday, April 13, 2008

Two Bittergourd dishes

Bittergourd Fry with Besan (Chickpea flour)

Bittergourd is one of my favourite vegetable. This is a simple and easy bittergourd fry . The addition of besan reduces the bitterness of the bittergourds. I learnt this recipe from my mom.


2 medium sized bittergourds
1/3 cup besan powder (chickpea flour)
3/4 tsp chili powder
Pinch of turmeric
Salt to taste
Water as needed


  • Cut the bittergourd into 2 pieces length wise, deseed and slice them thinly.
  • Make a thick paste by combining besan, chilli powder, turmeric and salt.
  • Heat some oil in a pan and stir fry the sliced bittergourds untill they are slightly browned.
  • Now add the basan paste and stir untill it is cooked or for about 6-8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve.

Spicy Bittergourd Curry

This is another bittergourd recipe made very often in my house. This is a spicy bittergourd curry which is not so bitter. It is slightly sweet and tangy and serves as a great side dish with rice.


2 medium sized bittergourd(2 cups)
2 green chillies finely chopped
1 tsp chili powder
Pinch of turmeric
1/2 tsp of tamarind paste
1 tbsp sugar or more if needed
1 sprig curry leaves
1 dried red chilli
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
Salt to taste
3/4 cup of water(more if needed)

  • Cut the bitergurd into 2 pieces lengthwise, deseed them and slice them thinly.
  • Heat some oil in a pan, add dried red chillies and mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splutter add curry leaves. Now add the bittergourd and green chillies and fry untill they are slightly browned.
  • Now add turmeric and chilli powder and fry for a minute.
  • Now add water, tamarind paste, salt and allow the mixture to boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Serve with rice.(Note: Adjust the chilli powder and sugar according to your taste.)
I am sending these to VOW-Bittergourd hosted by Pooja of My Creative Idea's.


Pooja said...

I liked both the dishes sooo much... :) .Besan with karela is Really a creative way to use it. Thanks a lot for these lovely entries :) .
(p.s. next time onwards could you please send the resized pictures as mentioned in the rules , thanks in advance :) ) .

Cham said...

The curry and fry are awesome Sandhya, I would eat both at the same time :)Great recipes..

Rosie said...

Bittergourd I have never tried but looking at both dishes they are SO tempting and look delicious :)

Beautiful photos

Rosie x

Dhivya said...

both dishes look so yumm sandhya:))great entry

Kalai said...

Nice entries! :)

Uma said...

great ways to cook bitter gourd. nice entries.

kamala said...

Bitter gourd looks yummy

SMN said...

This luks yummy.. nice entry.

Trupti said...

nice entries Sandya. Both dishes looka yummy & I love photos

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

A very delicious dish..its new to me and bet this would taste awesome..
All the best for the entry!!

Divya Vikram said...

The first fry is a different recipe..Like the second one too..

Sagari said...

thanks for sharing such a wonderfull recipes sandhya

ANJALI J. said...

i loved this curry.. looks so delicious.

Cynthia said...

I am coming over at your place for some of the bitter gourd. :)

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

i liked your version of making bittergourd fry with besan..well done and love your creative angle to it.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is a lovely curry... Looks YUM!....Nice way to eat bittergourd.... Love it.....

Anonymous said...

I have never tried bitter gourd in curries but the fry with besan sure should be good


Prema Sundar said...

A different version of bittergourd fry.. thanks for sharing

sowmya said...

am happy to pass on the yummy blog award to you... please see my blog for details.

Cham said...

Hi Sandya,
It has been a month, there is no update on ur side? Hope everything is fine...

varnam said...

hey..superb blog dear...u r amazing!!! i loved all ur dishes...u should post more!!!

Wendy said...

The first one seems delicious

Malar Gandhi said...

Love bitter gourd so much...either tis crispy fried pakodi or curry, count me in!:) First time to ur blog(I guess)...all ur recipes sound interesting to me...

I too like Tramisu! Great post!