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Bittergourd Masala

Bittergourd cooked with spices

Recipe by christy gerald of Dubai, AE

This Bittergourd Masala is an easy and tasty dish. This one is good for diabetic patients and this needs 10 mins microwave cooking-time only.Try this at home and enjoy this dish.

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 2 cups bittergourd pieces(chop and de-seed)
    • 2 tbsp coarse coconut paste (ground with 1/2 tsp cumin seeds,1 small onion,1 garlic pearl,12 peeled peanuts and 1 green chilli)
    • 1 tbsp finely chopped onions
    • 3 whole red chillies
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
    • 2 tsp crushed jaggery
    • few curry leaves
    • few coriander leaves
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 2 tsp refined oil
    • 1 ½ tsp or salt to taste


    1. Take a microwave bowl and add fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chopped onions, whole red chillies,curry leaves and refined oil. Mix them well. Microwave  this on high for a min.
    2. Mix all the other ingredients and add this to the above bowl. Microwave this on high for 9 mins.
    3. If u need this dish as gravy, add 1 cup fresh coconut milk and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and microwave(high) this mixture 4 more mins.
    4. Serve this tasty bitter-gourd Masala hot with rice and sambar or chapathi or Idli.


    christy gerald

    christy gerald

    U can add 50 ml tamarind extract -that of gooseberry size when u mix all the ingredients and microwave this on high for atleast 12 -14 mins(instead of 9 mins) or till this becomes dry, stirring this once.This will give a sweet 'n' sour taste to the Bittergourd Masala.