Bitter Gourd

Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients.  It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber.  It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana.It is very popular throughout India, where it is often prepared with potatoes and served with yogurt on the side to offset the bitterness, or used in sabji. It is stuffed with spices and then fried in oil, which is very popular in Punjabi cuisine. This is also a very popular vegetable in Orissa, called ‘Karela’, mainly consumed for health benefits. It is a popular food in Tamil Nadu and in the South Indian state of Kerala.

Bitter Gourd Rice
Bitter Gourd, Rice

Bitter Gourd Rice

A delicious and very simple to make lunch or dinner recipe. Serve with side dish of choice or with papads and appalams. Ingredients: Bitter Gourds – 2 to 3 Rice – 1 to 2 cups (as required) Turmeric Powder – a pinch Red Chilli Powder – a pinch Salt as […]

Bitter Gourd Pakoda
Bitter Gourd, Pakoda

Bitter Gourd Pakoda

This might not be the regular pakoda (pakora) that we are so often used to, but this still packs a punch. Simple to make and tasty (especially for those who love bitter gourds), this is an ideal teatime/evening snack. Ingredients: Bitter Gourd – 3 to 4, depending on size Red […]

Bitter Gourd
Bitter Gourd, Pachadi

Bitter Gourd Sweet Pachadi

A simple and tasty pachadi with bitter gourd. Goes well with idli, dosa or rice. Ingredients: Bitter Gourd – 250 gms, chopped Onions – 2, small, finely chopped Coconut – 1/2, grated Oil – 1 1/2 tblsp Sambar Onions (Shallots) – 2 tblsp, finely chopped Tomato – 1, finely chopped […]

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Bitter Gourd, Diabetic, Rice

Bitter Gourd Methi Rice

Ingredients: Bitter Gourd – 2, long ones, cut into rounds, seeds discarded Basmati Rice – 1 cup Dried Fenugreek Leaves – 1/4 cup Turmeric Powder – a pinch Jaggery – 1 tsp, powdered Onion – 1, sliced Tomato – 1, chopped Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp (optional) Salt as […]

Bitter Gourd, Chaat

Crispy Bittergourd Chaat

Ingredients: Bittergourds – 500 gms, cut into thin rounds, seeds removed Gram Flour – 1/4 cup Rice Flour – 1/4 cup Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp Turmeric Powder – a pinch Asafoetida Powder – a pinch Sugar – a pinch Sweet Tamarind Chutney as required Oil as required Salt […]

Bitter Gourd
Bitter Gourd, Sambar

Bitter Gourd Sambar

Ingredients: Bitter Gourds (Pavakkai) – 2, finely sliced, seeds removed Toor Dal – 2 tblsp Bengal Gram Dal – 2 tsp Rice Flour – 2 tsp Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Jaggery – 1 tsp Tamarind Extract – 1 cup Salt as per taste Oil […]

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Bitter Gourd, Rasam

Bitter Gourd Rasam

Ingredients: Bitter Gourd – 250 gms, chopped lengthwise Turmeric Powder – a pinch Tamarind Extract – 1 cup Coriander Leaves – few, chopped Salt as per taste For tempering: Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds – 1 tsp Asafoetida Powder – a pinch Dry Red Chillies – 3 Curry […]

Bitter Gourd Chips
Bitter Gourd, Kids, Snacks

Bitter Gourd (Pavakkai) Chips

A simple and crispy snack. A delicious way to get kids to eat Bitter Gourd. Ingredients: Bitter Gourd (Pavakkai) – 500 gms, large ones Black Pepper Powder as per taste Asafoetida Powder – a small pinch (1/8 tsp) Salt as per taste Oil as required for frying Method: 1. Chop […]

Bitter Gourd
Bitter Gourd

Bitter Gourd (Pavakkai) Varuval

Ingredients: Bitter Gourd – 250 gms Juice of 1/2 Lemon Salt – 2 tblsp Red Chilli Powder – 1 1/2 tblsp Gram Flour – 1 tblsp Rice Flour – 1 tblsp Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp Oil – 250 ml Method: 1. Remove the seeds and slice the bitter gourds […]