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Bitter Gourd Fry/Karathe Talasan

memyths's picture
  Bitter gourd 4
  Oil 1 Tablespoon
  Garlic pods 8
  Curry leaves 5
  Red chilies 5
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)

Cut bitter gourd into desired shapes and size.
Soak this in salty water for 2-3 hour.
In a pan or pot heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add curry leaves and red chillies.
Add garlic pods and bitter gourd. Before adding bitter gourd squeeze out the water completely.
Fry it on simmer until bitter gourd is cooked. Sprinkle water if required.
Serve with rice as side dish.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Side Dish
Stir Fried
Dry Curry
Everyday, Healthy
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Talasan is simple stir fry with lots of garlic in it. Just like any koddel garlic is a must in this. Unlike other stir fry we do not use any water for talasan. But I microwaved bitter gourd for 5 minutes and also sprinkled water intermittently. People do not like bitter gourd for its bitter taste. I usually cut them into desired size/shapes and soak them in salty water for 5-6 hours.Though the bitterness does not go completely, this slightly helps. We both like bitter gourd so we really do not worry too much about its taste.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 111 Calories from Fat 49

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 6 g8.6%

Saturated Fat 0.67 g3.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 16.6 mg0.7%

Total Carbohydrates 15 g4.9%

Dietary Fiber 8 g32.1%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 4 g7.2%

Vitamin A 28.7% Vitamin C 423.7%

Calcium 7.1% Iron 8.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


shantihhh's picture
The ripper a bitter gourd is-the less bitter. Also if blanched in salted water then rinsed it will remove much of the bitterness.
foodpsychologist's picture
I love the bitter gourd fry as it is the only method by which the bitterness is reduced. But that will damage the nutrients in it. Is there any other way in which this can be cooked so that its nutrients remain intact and also the gourd tastes good.
ronen's picture
looks great, thank you
Dr Sahana H Pai's picture
We dnt soak karathe in water for so long instead add jaggery while cooking it tastes awesome minus the curry leaves also
Bitter Gourd Fry/Karathe Talasan Recipe