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Bitter groud Theeyal

Bitter groud Theeyal

Dosha benefits: Kapha, Pitta


  • Bitter gourd 2
  • Shallots, chopped 5
  • Garlic, chopped 5 cloves
  • Grated Coconut ½ cup
  • Tamarind Gooseberry sized
  • Coriander Powder 3 tsp
  • Red chilli Powder 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder ¼ tsp
  • Mustard seeds ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds ½ tsp
  • Curry Leaves 1 spring
  • Coconut Oil 2 tbsp


  • Soak the tamarind in warm water and let it soften. Chop the bitter gourd pieces into small cubes or in semi circles.
  • Dry roast the grated coconut, shallots and garlic cloves on a low flame till it turns golden brown in color. 
  • After it cools a bit, make a smooth paste with little water.
  • Heat oil in a kadai (pan) and splutter the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. 
  • Add the bitter gourd pieces and sauté for a good 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the coriander powder, chili powder and turmeric powder. 
  • Fry for 30 seconds. Extract the pulp from the soaked tamarind and add it.
  • Add the coconut paste, required amount of water and salt. 
  • After the gravy boils, reduce the flame and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes till oil floats on top.

Ayurveda Tip:

  • The tamarind & coconut masks the bitterness of the bitter gourd pieces and makes it tasty even to bitter gourd haters.

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