Bitter gourd is despised by many due to its taste but when it comes to health, these green veggies do have a lot to contribute. They act as a blood purifier, treat skin problems, helps in reducing excess weight, improves immunity and is great for diabetes.
We have received a lot of pictures of Bitter Gourds getting harvested at the Hari Mitti Urban farms. It might be hard to believe but the bitter taste can transform into a delicacy if prepared in right ways.
Here are three wonderful recipes which would help you experience just that.
Bitter gourd Capsicum curry
Bitter gourd juliennes : 2 Cups
Coloured capsicum strips : 1 cup
Oil : 2tbsp
Cumin Seeds : 1 tsp
Asafoetida : 1 pinch
Sliced onion: 1 cup
Turmeric powder : ½ tsp
Chilli powder : 1½ tsp
Coriander-cumin powder – 2 tsp
Sugar – 1tbsp
Salt – to taste
· Mix the karela juliennes with salt and keep aside for 10 minutes.
· Squeeze out excess water from them and keep aside.
· Heat oil in a broad pan and add cumin seeds and asafoetida
· When the Cumin seeds crackle, add karela strips and onion.
· Sauté them for 2 minutes on a medium flame.
· Add turmeric powder and mix well.
· Cover and cook on a medium flame for 6-8 minutes stirring occasionally.
· Add chilli powder, coriander-cumin powder, sugar and mix well.
· Cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
· Serve hot with rice or chapati.
Bitter gourd paratha
For the dough
Whole wheat flour : 3 or 4 cup
Oil : 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
For the stuffing
Tamarind: 1 tbsp
Bitter Gourd: 1 cup, finely chopped
Fennel Seeds: 1 tsp
Onions: 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Chilli powder: 1½ tsp
Garam Masala : ½ tsp
Coriander : 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Whole wheat flour
Oil for cooking
Fresh curd to serve with.
· For dough: Combine all ingredients and using enough water, knead into a soft dough. Keep aside.
· For the karela stuffing: Combine tamarind, bitter gourd and 1 cup of water in a deep bowl and keep aside for 10 minutes.
· Strain the bitter gourd mixture with a strainer and keep aside.
· Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add fennel seeds.
· when the seeds start crackling, add onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes while stirring continuously.
· Add bitter gourd, chilli powder, garam masala, salt and ¼ cup water.
· Mix well and cook on a medium flame while stirring continuously.
· Add coriander and mix well.
· Roll a portion of dough into a 4” diameter circle.
· put 1½ tsp of stuffing in the centre of the circle and bring together all the ides in the centre.
· Seal tightly and roll again.
· Heat a non-stick griddle and cook the paratha using a little oil till golden brown spots appear on both the sides.
· Serve hot with fresh curd.
Sweet and sour Bitter gourd
Bitted gourd: 4, tender ones
Curry leaves: 6
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Black mustard seeds: 1tsp
Green chillies: 2, slit
Small onion: 1, finely chopped
Ginger: 1 tsp, grated
Garlic paste: 1 tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
Red chilli powder: ½ tsp
Raw mango powder: 1 tsp.
Tamarind paste: 1 tsp
Grated jaggery: 1 tbsp
Salt : to taste
Coriander leaves: to garnish
· Wash the bitter gourds well and pat dry
· Cut and discard the top and tail of each karela and slit them vertically down the centre
· Discard the seeds
· Cut the bitter gourd halves into ¼” thick pieces. Keep aside
· Heat oil in a pan and add curry leaves, mustard, cumin seeds and green chillies.
· After they are done spluttering, add chopped onion and saute for a minute.
· Add ginger and garlic and sauté for another minute.
· Add coriander, turmeric, red chilli and raw mango powder and mix well.
· Sprinkle a little water and sauté for a minute, stirring well.
· Add the bitter gourd pieces, tamarind paste and salt .
· Stir and cook till the bitter gourd pieces are soft.
· Add jaggery and stir.
· Turn off the heat when the jaggery starts to melt and caramelize a little
· Garnish with coriander leaves
· Serve hot with chapati
We hope you will enjoy these three unique bitter gourd recipes. Do you have such unconventional bitter gourd recipes too? Share with us in the comments