Accompaniments, Bitter gourd, Coconut, Indian

Bitter gourd stir fry

Many of us wont like bitter gourd especially kids because of its bitterness. But it is loaded with nutrients.So just try to make it tastier instead of avoiding it. This is one such kind of yummy recipe even kids will say “yes” to bitter gourd.



Bitter gourd – 3 medium sized

Onions – 1 cup finely chopped

Coconut – 1/2 cup grated

Channa dal – 2 tbsn

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Salt – as required

Curry leaves – few

Oil – 2 tsp


  • Cut half the bitter gourd lengthwise, deseed and cut to thin pieces.
  • In a bowl add bitter gourd, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan and crackle mustard seeds.
  • Add channa dal, when it turns golden add onions and curry leaves.
  • When onion turns golden add grated coconut and stir for a minute.
  • Add marinated bitter gourd. Cook covered in medium flame.
  • Check for salt and add if necessary.
  • Stir at regular intervals to avoid burning.
  • When it’s done cook uncovered for few more minutes in slow flame.
  • You can drizzle oil on sides occasionally.
  • Cook till bitter gourd turns golden.
  • Serve with rice.




  1. This looks beautiful..although I am not too fond of it dh is really fond and a vegetarian too..looks like I have to try this out ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you?… glad you like it… let me know when you try it? how it turns..

      1. sure I will ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. So nice and beautiful…..

  3. I love bitter gourds. Your recipe looks delicious!

  4. I love bitter gourd.This recipe is so good.

    1. Thank you Anuradha ji..?

  5. Not a big fan of karela but, I like the addition of coconut! Does it cut through the bitterness?

    1. Ya… the caramelised onion and coconut reduce the bitterness..

  6. Always love this recipe ?

  7. So crispy and golden brown , mouthwatering !

  8. Love karela! Looks delicious:)

  9. This recipe makes me nostalgic of my childhood. My mother would always make this dish because of it’s many health benefits. Don’t know if its true or not, but I was told it can prevent cancer!

    1. Thank you so much?.. it have so many health benefits but not sure of cancer

  10. Bitter guard is one of my favs. May be one day i will try it to surprise my wife ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. ? thank you… I hope your wife loves it?.. let me know..

  11. Wow I just love the way u made it.. and I love bitter ground ?

  12. Shibani

    So quick making stir fry that too with buttergourd… absolutely mouthwatering

    1. Thank you dear ๐Ÿ˜Š..

  13. I’ve never been keen on karela – but this looks tasty and I look forward to trying it!

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