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Bittergourd Thokku (Pickle)

A variation of Pickle done with Bittergourd

Recipe by christy gerald of Dubai, AE

Good for Diabetic Patients and old people.Easy to do.I learned this recipe from my Aunt last week. Try this at home and enjoy!.

Ingredients vegetarian 10 servings

    • 3 cups chopped bittergourd(de-seeded and cut into small pieces)
    • 2 tsp chilli powder
    • a pinch of turmeric powder
    • 1/2 tsp asafoetida powder
    • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
    • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    • 1 1/2 tsp salt or needed
    • few curry leaves
    • 1 tsp mustard seeds
    • 5 tsp refined oil
    • 1 lemon
    • 500ml water


    1.Ground 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds and 1/2 tsp mustard seeds into fine powder.
    2.Boil 1/2 litre water and turn off the flame.Add the chopped bittergourd pieces and drain the water after one min.
    3.Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan,splutter mustard seeds,fenugreek-mustard powder,few curry leaves and then the bittergourd pieces and saute them for 8 mins continuously.
    4.Add chilli powder,asafoetida powder,turmeric powder and salt and saute them till done.(if you have pickle powder,u can add than one 1 tbsp when u add chilli powder(reduce it to 1tsp) but it is optional).
    5.Turn off the flame and add the juice of a lemon.That's all!
    Note:Let it cool and store it in an air-tight jar.Store it in refrigerator.U can have this for a week.It goes very well with rice and sambar or yoghurt-curd rice.  


    jean chaurasia

    This was good. Thanks Christy.


    Dear Christy , Awesome Recipe nd nice pic ! Thank U . Bittergourd is an excellent source of Vitamins nd Minerals . Rich in Dietary fiber . Rich in Iron contain twice the Beta carotene of Broccoli , twice the Calcium of Spinach nd twice the Potassium of Banana . Bittergourd is a blood purifier, Immune booster . Treats many Respiratory disorder such as Asthma , Bronchitis nd Pharyngitis . Helps to burn excess calories and also to reduce belly fat . Helps in treating Diabetes , Intestinal Worms , Leprosy , Piles , Psoriasis ,Constipation and fights against Cancer .