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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Crispy Crunchy Bittergourd

Bitter gourd is not well received by my hubbykins unless it is dried and fried. This one was well-received though:)

Crispy Crunchy Bitter gourd

You need:

  • 4-5 medium sized bitter gourd, cleaned and diced finely
  • 4 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup of honey or crushed jaggery
  • 1-2 small chili peppers/cayenne pepper, diced or dry red chili flakes (optional for an extra kick)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

The Make:

Serves 4 adults | Cooking Time: 20 minutes| Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes

1. Heat the oil in a skillet and add the onion. Saute till translucent for about 2 minutes on medium heat.

Stir fry the bitter gourd and condiments 

2. Add the bitter gourd and stir fry for about 5 minutes.

Closeup of the bittergourd with other ingredients
3. Next add the sesame seeds, smoked paprika, chili peppers and salt. Cover and cook about 5 minutes.

Working the bittergourd and condiments
4. Lastly add the honey or jaggery and saute well. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes.

5. Uncover and allow to drain off any residual water content.
6. Serve your Crispy, Crunchy Bittergourd with spiced fried or plain rice.

Crispy Crunchy Bittergourd, served with Rice


  1. Awesilicious Ggina. We will try it if AGM can get Mrs.A on board.

    1. Thank you Varma. Do try and snap a picture for my Readers' Creations new page!


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