Tuesday, 16 October 2012


Bitter gourd/ bitter melon boats


Bitter gourd- 6 to 7(tender)

Oil- 1 tbspn (to cook)

To marinate the bitter gourds:

Yogurt- 1 tbspn

Garam masala- 1 tspn

Chilly powder- 1 tspn

Turmeric powder- 1 tspn

Salt to taste

For the stuffing:

Onion- 1 (medium sized)

Tomato- 1 (medium sized)

Ginger- garlic paste- 1 tbspn

Coconut- 1/4 cup

Fennel seeds- 1 tspn

Cut portions of the bitter gourd

Chilly powder- 1 tspn

Turmeric powder-1 tspn

Garam masala- 1 tspn

Oil- 1 tspn

Salt to taste

Preparing the stuffing
Stir fry all the ingredients with the oil in the pan and grind it to a smooth paste.

Grind the stuffing to a paste


1. Cut the bitter gourds as shown in the picture like boats and scoop out the fleshy part. Keep the cut part aside to be added to the stuffing.

Cutting out the boats

Bitter gourd/ bitter melon boats are ready

2.Marinate the boats with the ingredients and keep it aside for 20 minutes for all the masala to get in the bitter gourds and make it soft.

Marinating the bitter gourd/ bitter lemon

Marinated bitter gourds/ bitter melon

3. After 20 minutes place the stuffing in the bitter gourds.

4. Heat the pan, add the oil to the pan and when the oil is hot place the bitter gourd , add little water around the bitter gourds.

Cooking the bitter gourds/ bitter melon

5. Close the pan with a lid and allow the bitter gourds to get cooked under low fire for 15 minutes until all the water dries out in the pan.

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