Healthy Bittergourd Stir Fry

Most of us will have an aversion towards bittergourd but this recipe will definitely change our attitude towards it. This stir fry involves very less ingredients without any masalas. In this recipe, I used the bittergourd as it is and did not do any pre-preparations to remove its bitterness.The final addition of jaggery powder / Sugar gives an extra punch to the stir fry as well as reduce the bitterness. This recipe is an amazing side dish for rice.

Refer here for other Side dish recipes for rice.



Bitter gourd – 200 gms

Onion – 2 nos

Green chilli – 2 nos

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Uradh dhal – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Sugar / Jaggery powder – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1 tsp

Water – 1/2 cup (approx)


  1. Cut the bittergourd into thin circles.
  2. Discard the seeds in it.
  3. In a kadai, heat oil and let the mustard seeds splutter and then add the uradh dhal.
  4. When uradh dhal turns golden, add the curry leaves and slit green chillies.
  5. Saute them for a minute and then add the chopped onions.
  6. Fry the onions till slight golden brown.
  7. Now add the thinly sliced bittergourd and required salt.
  8. Stir them well, then sprinkle little water over the mixture and close the kadai with a lid.
  9. Cook the bittergourd in a low flame till it turns soft and it turns light brown in color (Sprinkle water and stir at intervals to avoid burning the mixture) It takes around 8 to 10 mins.
  10. Finally add little sugar / jaggery powder and stir the mixture well till the sugar/jaggery powder caramelises.
  11. Bittergourd stir fry is now ready


  • Try to get tender bittergourds as it has less seeds and tastes better than ripe ones.

25 thoughts on “Healthy Bittergourd Stir Fry

  1. Gorgeous! I tried bitter gourd for the first time recently in Japan. It’s actually an extremely popular ingredient in Okinawa. The dishes are a little different though. I just tried making my own stir fry at home, but I would love to try out this recipe next time!

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    1. Thank you so much Elle for stopping by. This is also a popular ingredient in India and it’s included mostly in our food due to its health benefits. Do try and let me know. Hope you like it👍


      1. Ah, I didn’t know about the health benefits! I only know that I love the bitter flavour. I actually tried a little bit once 3 or 4 years ago, but it was overwhelmingly bitter. When I had it recently, it was wonderful. It must have been prepared properly! I will look up the health benefits now. 🙂

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