Bitter gourd stir fry

Many of us wont like bitter gourd especially kids because of its bitterness. But it is loaded with nutrients.So just try to make it tastier instead of avoiding it. This is one such kind of yummy recipe even kids will say “yes” to bitter gourd.



Bitter gourd – 3 medium sized

Onions – 1 cup finely chopped

Coconut – 1/2 cup grated

Channa dal – 2 tbsn

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Salt – as required

Curry leaves – few

Oil – 2 tsp


  • Cut half the bitter gourd lengthwise, deseed and cut to thin pieces.
  • In a bowl add bitter gourd, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan and crackle mustard seeds.
  • Add channa dal, when it turns golden add onions and curry leaves.
  • When onion turns golden add grated coconut and stir for a minute.
  • Add marinated bitter gourd. Cook covered in medium flame.
  • Check for salt and add if necessary.
  • Stir at regular intervals to avoid burning.
  • When it’s done cook uncovered for few more minutes in slow flame.
  • You can drizzle oil on sides occasionally.
  • Cook till bitter gourd turns golden.
  • Serve with rice.




28 thoughts on “Bitter gourd stir fry

  1. This recipe makes me nostalgic of my childhood. My mother would always make this dish because of it’s many health benefits. Don’t know if its true or not, but I was told it can prevent cancer!

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