Spicy bittergourd- side dish for chapati

I have always loved the humble bittergourd even if it is detested by so many of them. It can be cooked and combined in so many ways that you can actually forget the bitter taste and enjoy it. Like in my stuffed bittergourd and now this one, the bittergourd gets blended with the spices, and you will actually love it. Try it to believe it!!

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Spicy bittergourd- side dish for chapati
Course side dish
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 5 - 6 nos Bittergourds
  • 1 Onion - big chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut Grated
  • 1 Bayleaves
  • 1 Cinnamon stick- small piece
  • 2 - 3 Cloves
  • 2 - 3 Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 Ginger ' - chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic - chopped
  • 4 - 5 chillies Dried red
  • 1 tsp Coriander coriander seeds powder- or you can use fresh - 1tsp
  • 1 tsp chilly Red powder- (optional)
  • to taste Salt
  • Jaggery - a small piece
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Oil- +1tsp
Course side dish
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 5 - 6 nos Bittergourds
  • 1 Onion - big chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut Grated
  • 1 Bayleaves
  • 1 Cinnamon stick- small piece
  • 2 - 3 Cloves
  • 2 - 3 Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 Ginger ' - chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic - chopped
  • 4 - 5 chillies Dried red
  • 1 tsp Coriander coriander seeds powder- or you can use fresh - 1tsp
  • 1 tsp chilly Red powder- (optional)
  • to taste Salt
  • Jaggery - a small piece
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Oil- +1tsp
Instructions
  1. Cut the bittergourd into rings. Remove and discard the seeds. Add some salt and turmeric powder and leave it for around one hour. After an hour squeeze out the water completely.
  2. Pour some oil in a pan. Shallow fry the bittergourd till golden brown and keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in another pan. Add the spices(red chillies, bayleaves, cinnamon,cloves,cardamom,and coriander seeds if adding) followed by ginger ,garlic and the onions. Saute for sometime. Now add the grated coconut and saute for one more minute. Cool and grind this to a paste.
  4. Heat 1tsp of oil in a pan. Add the paste along with turmeric powder and salt along with coriander powder and red chilly powder if adding. Mix well and cook for around 5 minutes. Now add the bittergourd pieces. Mix well and add some water. Cook well till the bittergourd has blended with the spices in the gravy.Add a lump of jaggery and mix well.
  5. Serve hot with hot chapatis.
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35 thoughts on “Spicy bittergourd- side dish for chapati”

  1. Thanks for the recipe. Was looking for bittergourd recipes as side dis to chapatis. Have had karelas in pitlays and poriyals only.

  2. I eat that plate anytime….In my house everone is a big fan of krelas(bittergourd)….In this kind I put some tomatoes also & no jaggery…

  3. i love bittergourd in all forms! and specifically a gravy where it is in combination with jaggery. i think your dish sounds totally yum!

  4. I like bitter gourd so much, they are vey healthy and tasteee…liked ur version lot better, I cud eat them all:):)

  5. I am a big fan of this dish… I love to have it with rice looks very rich and tempting I make it the same way but dont use cinnamon, cardamom and cloves love the way they have turned ou!!!

  6. bitter gourd is one vegetable which i am not a big fan unless its crispy fried, but your recipe looks very delicious…

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