Saturday, April 5, 2008


Bittergourd has never been my favorite infact it was only vegetable i hated.When we were small my mom used to make us eat it because its rich in vitamins and iron content.The only way i could eat is when my mom made pickle out of it.This i loved so much that i even forgot that i hated it.It is so simple ,quick and very easy to prepare.

This is my entry to pooja's VoW-Bittergourd


Bittergourd- 1 cup,thinly sliced to 1/2" pieces

red chillies -15 nos

water -1 1/2 cup

tamarind paste- 2 tsp

asafoetida- 1 tsp

mustard and curry leaves for seasoning

salt -1tbsp+a pinch

oil for frying


Thinly slice the bittergourd to 1/2" pieces and apply salt over it and let it rest for 5-8 mins.this oozes out water from the veg and reduces the amount of bitterness.Then squeeze out the moisture from it by hand and wipe out with paper towel or cloth.Fry them till dark brown.In the same oil lightly fry the red chillies and keep aside.Boil water with a tbsp of salt.Put the fried chillies in this hot water and let it cool.Then grind it smoothly.Shift it out to a bowl and add the tamarind paste.Heat and let it come to a boil for a second time.Remove from heat and add the fried bittergourd.Then add the tadka of mustard seeds ,asafoetida and curry leaves in the end.
Serve it with rice.


Pooja said...

This is what I was about to make, now I will have to think something else ;). It tastes great with tamarind in it , isn't it ?
Thanks a lot for this wonderful entry Ranji . hugs to you.

Roopa said...

lovely entry ranji, i too love this yummy pickle :)

ranji said...

Thank u so much pooja and roopa!!!

Dhivya said...

lovely entry ranji:))does it tastes bitter??/

jayasree said...

Love this pickle. tamarind offsets the bitterness to some extent isn't it? Nice entry for the event.

Divya said...

Hey Ranjitha,nice entry.I too make a similar pickle but of Surnu.This one is looking very nice.

Homecooked said...

Even I hate bitter gourd.But love pickles of any kind.Maybe I'll give this a try one of these days :)

Jeena said...

I have never tried bittergourd but it sure does look delicious. I love the rich colour to this recipe Ranji. :-)

Cham said...

Love pickle, It looks delicious

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks good. I think we're planning to have bitter gourd in our garden this year (yes, I've already forgotten) so now I'll have something more to do with it!

ranji said...

Thank u so much everyone!!!

yes divya same can be done with suran..even i do it:)

U r right jayasree tamarind does reduce the bitterness to nil:)

@fearless kitchen
happy to know u will be growing bittergourd in ur now u can come up with creative recipes for the same!!!good luck:)

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Madhuram said...

Even I'm not a big fan of bitter gourd, but this one seems to be very tasty. I think I would try it very soon.

Madhavi said...

Very nice entry, i never heard abt Bittergourd pickel. looks great!!!