Bittergourd, as the name suggests is bitter in taste but has enormous health benefits. It is also called as Pavakkai, Karela, Kakarakaya.
Bittergourd is a great source of several nutrients.It is rich in Vitamin C and fiber. It helps in weight reduction and to keep the blood sugar level under control.
Bittergourd reduces cholesterol level and it supports overall heart health. It also has cancer fighting properties.
Though it has many health benefits, it is not liked by many because of the bitter taste. Mostly children do not like them. My kids too!!
Cooking it this way, makes it a best and liked side dish by everyone. Adding oil little-by-little, reduces the quantity of oil used. I have also mentioned the method to reduce the excess bitterness from bittergourd.
Bittergourd stir-fry goes well as a side dish for all rice recipes especially sambar rice, rasam rice, dal rice, mor kulambu etc..,
Give it a try and you will end up making it again and again for sure❤
1 cup= 200 ml.
- Bittergourd- 5, medium sized one’s or it makes 2 heaped cups when sliced as circles
- Onion- 1 cup (finely chopped)
- Red chilli powder with coriander powder mix- 1 tsp
- Asafoetida powder- 1/4th tsp
- Turmeric powder- 1/4th tsp
- Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
- Split urad dal- 3/4th tsp
- Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
- Salt- as needed.
- Using sesame oil gives a good taste.
- Adding more onions improves the taste of the side dish.
- If you want to use bittergourd with seeds in it, you can. Removing the seeds reduces the bitterness.
- If you want it to be more spicy, add 1 more tsp of red chilli powder with coriander powder mix.
- Sambar powder can be used in place of red chilli powder with coriander powder mix.