Serves 4

5-6 medium sized bittergourd a small piece ginger
4-5 red chillies A pinch of hing
1 tsp concentrated tamarind, add water and dilute 2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup jaggery powder 1 tsp mustard seeds

For the powder

1 tbsp coriander seeds 1/2 cup grated coconut
2 tbsp peanuts 1 tsp cumin seeds


  1. Mix the ingredients to be made into powder, fry them slightly, powder them and keep aside.
  2. In a pan take oil and when heated, add mustard seeds and allow it to splitter.
  3. Then add the bittergourd (cut into small pieces and seeds removed) into the pan and fry it till it becomes golden brown or loses its color .
  4. Then add the red chillies, hing, ginger and the masala powder.
  5. Mix this properly. Now add the tamarind water and allow it to boil till a somewhat thick gravy is formed.
  6. Add jaggery, mix it well. Wait for about 2 minutes and remove from heat.
  7. Serve with paratha or rice.
Nutrient Composition Per Serving
Energy (Kcal) 219 Carotene (μg) 30.63
Protein (g) 4.46 Vitamin C (mg) 0.0
Carbohydrate (g) 23.2 Mg (mg) 43.03
Fat (g) 12.0 Na (mg) 3.43
Fibre (g) 3.6 K (mg) 204.6
Minerals (g) 1.92 Mn (mg) 0.232
Calcium (mg) 56.42 Zn (mg) 0.683
Phosphorus (mg) 97.16 Cr (mg) 0.01
Iron (mg) 3.02


Reduce the amount of oil/ghee used for preparation.