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bitter gourd stir fry

Kaipakka mezhukuperatti

Bitter gourd stir fry.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course sidedish, Traditional
Cuisine Autumn, diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Karnataka, Kerala, Malabar, Medicinal, One pot, South indian, Spring, Summer, tamilnadu, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 people


  • 2 medium bitter gourd
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 medium bird's eye chilli tone down with a serrano pepper if you prefer.
  • salt to taste


  • Wash and pat dry the bittergourds.
  • Cut off the tapering top and tail. then cut it into roundlets. the roundlets are about 2mm thick. Don't worry about the seeds, they will fall off as you stirfry them.
  • Finely chop the garlic and chillies and set aside
  • Set a frying pan on medium heat and add the coconut oil.
  • As it heats up add the garlic, chillies and curry leaves.
  • Add the bitter gourd and slow roast them turning them over as they turn crisp on one side.
  • Sprinkle salt and stir fry them further.
  • Once the sides appear with golden and the bitter gourd is fork-tender the bittergourds are ready.
  • Serve hot with rice and sambhar.
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