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Bitter gourd fry | bitter melon fry | Pavakkai varuval

Bitter gourd fry

Bitter gourd/ Bitter melon is the one every kids hates. But when they grow up they started to eat realising it's health benefits. This recipe is my hubby's favourite. Initially, I used to do this just for him. I was not a fan of bitter gourd before this recipe. So I have never tasted it. But when I tasted it, (me the grown up kid :P) started eating regularly. And now I love bitter gourd. This recipe will not be much bitter.

Bitter Gourd Fry

This can be used both as a food and medicine. Since it lowers sugar levels in blood and urine, mostly diabetes patients alone eat this. This is not only for diabetes but also has many health benefits.

It also helps to improve eyesight, cleansing liver, repairs and nourish liver problems and builds your immune system. It is rich in iron, calcium and potassium.

Bitter gourd fry / Pavakkai varuval


Bitter guard / Pavakkai - 1
Chilli Powder - 1tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli podi - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1tsp
Curd - 2tblspn
Ginger garlic paste -1tbspn
Small onion / Shallots -10
Salt -as needed
Oil - 4tbspn
Coriander leaves - to garnish


Chop bitter gaurd into 1 inch pieces and wash it.

Add chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin, ginger garlic paste, turmeric, curd, salt and mix well.

Cover the bowl with a cling wrap and refrigerate it for 1 hour.

After 1 hour:

Chop onions and keep aside.

Heat oil and sauté this onion for 2mins until it becomes translucent. Transfer this to a bowl.

Again heat oil in the same pan and add the bitter gourd mixture. Keep in medium flame, stir for every 30seconds.

Sauté for 10-15mins. When it is cooked (becomes almost dark), remove from flame.

Add the sautéed onion and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve with rasam, variety rice.

  • Do not cook this in high flame.
  • Always prepare this in low flame. At high flame it will become dark very soon and the bitter gourd will not be cooked properly. And it will be very bitter. Fry cooked in low flame will not be bitter in taste. 
  • You can also marinate over night.


ingredients for fry
Keep all your ingredients ready
deseed and chop them
Deseed bitter gourd and cut into 1 inch pieces
combine spices powders
In a large bowl, take bitter gourd and add chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, ginger garlic paste, curd, salt, turmeric
mix them well
Combine everything together
cover and refrigerate
Cover it with a cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
saute onion
Heat oil in a pan, add chopped onions and saute until it becomes soft
transfer it to a bowl
Transfer it to a bowl. If you continue sauteing it even after adding bitter gourd, the onion will burn and will not taste good
fry bitter gourd
Heat oil in the same pan, add the marinated bitter gourd
saute them
Saute for every 30 seconds
add fried onion
When bitter gourd is cooked(will take around 15 mins), add sauteed onion
mix well
Mix them well and remove from flame
Bitter Gourd Fry
Its ready!


  1. Thanks for the healthy recipe... tried this fry... it came out very well...

    1. Thank you so much for your positive feedback. Keep trying my recipes:)

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