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Bittergourd Fry

 Published 2008-Oct-05   Updated 2019-Feb-14

- Submitted by Dahlia on 5th Oct 2008

(Bitter Melon Fry, Bitter Squash Fry, Bittergourd Fry, Karela Fry, Pavakkai Varuval, Kaypakkaya Fry)

Bittergourd Fry

Bitter gourd or bitter melon is a vegetable which is loved by some people while others hate it :-). Those who love it make it often. I fall under the second category and never wanted to eat it. After wedding, I found that my father in law is a diabetic and preferred to include this in his diet often. Bitter gourd is said to reduce the blood sugar. It is also good for many other diseases. So I had no choice but to try different recipes with this vegetable. This bittergourd fry is one such recipe that I like to make.

So if you are a bitter gourd lover or if you want to include it in your diet, you can try this recipe. Most of the bitterness is masked when the bitter gourd is roasted well.

Recipe for Bitter gourd Fry

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 3-4


  • Bitter gourd -2 (cut into circles)
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Corn Flour - 1 tsp (You can also use gram flour or rice flour instead)
  • Oil - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as needed


  1. Sprinkle salt generously on the bitter gourd pieces and keep it aside for about half an hour.
  2. After that squeeze the water that would have oozed out of the bitter gourd pieces. This step removes lot of the bitterness from the bitter gourd.
  3. You can skip the above steps if you do not mind the bitterness. Coat the bitter gourd pieces with corn flour, red chili powder and turmeric powder. (Salt is not needed as the bitter gourd would have absorbed enough salt).
  4. Now you can stir fry or deep fry the pieces till they are nicely cooked and crispy.

Serving Bitter gourd Fry

  • Serve the crispy bitter gourd fry with rice along with a curry or rasam.

Rasam with Rice

Other Bitter gourd Recipes

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