I'm always looking for innovative ways to serve bitter gourd. I was just experimenting with my Indian spices one day and made this yummy dish. It is a great side for a number of South Indian rice dishes like rasam or sambar rice.



Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place bitter gourd rings in a microwave-safe bowl. Toss with 1 teaspoon oil and salt to coat. Microwave, stirring halfway through, until tender, about 4 minutes.

  • Heat the remaining oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add the gourds and asafoetida powder. Cook and stir until slightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add besan, ground red chile, and coriander; cook and stir until flavors meld, about 3 minutes. Add jaggery; mix well.

Cook's Note:

You can use 1 cup of frozen bitter gourd pieces. Place the rings in a microwave-safe dish and defrost for a minute or 2 (depending on your microwave setting). Drain the water out from the dish completely.

Nutrition Facts

87.5 calories; protein 2.8g 6% DV; carbohydrates 9.6g 3% DV; fat 4.6g 7% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 582.1mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition