Spicy bittergourd dry curry

      I have cooked bittergourd in a number of ways and it has always been our favourite. Its the best side dish for chapatis. Infact, we tend to have few more rotis whenever I cook the bitter bittergourd!! Not many would rave about this bittergourd like me!! Isn’t it? But thats the truth.

     Though the spicy recipe with gravy or the stuffed ones continues to be our favourite, the dry version also makes its way to our platter once in a while.

      The other day, when I was going through Raaga’s recipe of bittergourd, I was actually reminded of my recipe which I hadn’t made for a very long time. I took the idea of steaming the bittergourd from her blog, which otherwise, I would have added a little more oil and cooked the bittergourd that way as I usually do. But it takes a little more of my time. Thanks Raaga.

       This recipe is easy and quick to make when compared to the other recipes, tastes great too!!

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Spicy bittergourd dry curry Yum
Course side dish
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course side dish
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
  1. Slice the bittergourd into thin round pieces. Add some turmeric powder and salt. Mix well. Keep it aside for atleast 30 minutes. Now squeeze out the water completely. This is to reduce the bitter taste of the bittergourd. Now steam the bittergourd in a cooker (without the weight) or in microwave for 6 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in pan. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. After it crackles, add the sliced onions and crushed garlic. Saute well till it turns brown. Now add the steamed bittergourd pieces along with coriander powder, red chilly powder, garam masala and tamarind paste. Add salt accordingly. Mix well. Add the jaggery. Cook for around 5 more minutes. Now sprinkle some powdered peanuts. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  3. Notes-1. You can also add grated coconut which is totally optional.
  4. 2. For the peanuts,dry roast them for 5 minutes. Deskin them and powder them in a mixer coarsely.
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  1. notyet100

    this is new one for me ,will try this,..

  2. Premalatha Aravindhan

    Luks delicious…

  3. Divya Kudua

    Bittergourd has its own unique taste and I refuse to call it bitter,heheh.Would taste great with rotis,let me try!!

  4. hi sowmya ,this bitter gaurd curry looks delicious ,my hubby is a big fan of this veggie …never tried this way …will surely make for himSatyahttp://www.superyummyrecipes.com

  5. Priya Yallapantula

    Sowmya, that is amazing looking.

  6. Shama Nagarajan

    i should try this dear..yummy

  7. I too love bittergourd dry curries. I always steam them in MW, which makes the rest of the cooking easier with less oil.

  8. Torviewtoronto

    Looks delicious

  9. Prathibha

    Bittergourd is a fav veggie at my place…looks yumym

  10. Krishnaveni

    bitter gourd is my fav too….delicious

  11. Priya Suresh

    Anything with bittergourd is my favourite, curry looks fabulous..

  12. sanjeeta kk

    lovely curry, I like to try different combos for karelas. Must try it.

  13. Hari Chandana

    Wonderful recipe… nice click too.

  14. Cool Lassi(e)

    Bittergourd curry looks good. Not my favorite but eat it for the health benefits alone!

  15. I like bittergourd too. I like the idea of steaming them.

  16. I am amazed at how many variations we find to make stir fry karis with each vegetable. I guess the addition of the peanuts gives it more crunch!

  17. Preeti Kashyap

    This is a new recipe to me…bookmarked!

  18. Bitter gourd curry looks delicious.

  19. PranisKitchen

    this dry dish with bittergourd looks so delicious very helthy one

  20. addition of peanuts would have made the dish crunchier, isn’t it? Even I love bittergourd, but my family is okie-dokie to it 🙁

  21. Hey Sowmya, first time 2 your beautiful page.. loving your collection and presentation.. bitter gouds are my fav.. the curry is totally new 2 me.. is looking nice and delish..will love to try it !

  22. Hamaree Rasoi

    Hey SowmyaLoved the way you have presented this recipe. Although this is uncommon , the beauty of this is that it is very well prepared by keeping it’s nutritious values intact.Well done.DeepaHamaree Rasoi

  23. The minute I say bittergourd the dish vanishes!We love it soo much.Saw Raagas recipe and was drooling over her, now at urz.. 🙂

  24. Nithu Bala

    This is how my mom makes but I add tomato to the curry…very tempting..loved the click..

  25. Valarmathi

    Never tried this way…looks tempting and delicious.

  26. jayalakshmi

    Thanks Sowmya for the Karela recipe.. I tried this for tonight’s dinner and it came out well…Your steaming technique is remarkable..that was new and it made it bitter less (I earlier tried Karela but many a times, it tasted bitter; this time with yours, it tasted better)..Steaming was something new and not yet tried with Karela..Even adding the groundnut powder adds to the taste…Thanks again.Regards,Jayalakshmi


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