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Bitter Gourd Fry

Bitter gourd fry fits the bill for a quick fix meal and for that reason, it is one of my favorite recipes among the bitter gourd recipes. If you are entertaining guests, make this bitter gourd curry that goes well with rice as well as roti or chapati.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Low Calorie, Vegan
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4
Calories: 140kcal



  • 4-5 medium size bitter gourd washed, gutted and chopped
  • 1 Red onion
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder use little, if you don't prefer spicy
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon sambar powder
  • 3 tablespoon yogurt vegan
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds


  • To begin with, you have to chop the bitter gourd into little circles or along the length. (remove seeds)
  • Place a pan over medium heat and pour 4 teaspoon coconut oil. When it's hot add the cumin seeds. When it starts to sizzle, add the chopped onions and saute. When the onions turn translucent, add the chopped bitter gourd.
  • Continue to saute them until the bitter gourd is thoroughly cooked. Add the turmeric powder, yogurt, chili powder, and sambar powder continue to saute. Add salt.
  • In about 6- 8 minutes, the dish should be thoroughly cooked and crispy. Turn off the heat. And bitter gourd curry is ready!



  • Before the cooking process, wash and thinly slice the bitter gourd.
  • Always keep the flame in medium heat to avoid overcooking gourds. 
  • Add oil little by little when you fry the bitter gourd
  • If you feel that the bitterness is still there, add some tamarind juice or lemon juice while frying. But remember to balance the spices accordingly to suit your taste preference. 
  • You can skip the onions if you want a no onion no garlic version of this recipe. 
Note: The nutrition values I show here are my best estimates. Please be sure to check your preferred nutrition calculator, if you are relying on accurate calculations in your diet.


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 311IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg