Bittergourd mango curry

Bittergourd cooked with mango is an odd combination and when I saw this recipe naturally I had to try it out. Bittergourd is cooked every week at home so it is only natural I look at different ways to cook it😉



1 long bittergourd

1 green mango

1 tsp ginger

2 cloves garlic

3 green chillies

turmeric powder

2Tb coriander powder

2 tsp chilli powder


1 1/2 cups thin coconut milk


1 tsp mustard

some curry leaves

1 onion

1/2 cup thick coconut milk

1 tsp brown sugar/ jaggery


If you prefer your bittergourd slightly bitter follow my method. If you don’t then fry the bittergourd first in oil till brownish or roast in oven with little oil for 15-20 minutes or till brown.

Dice bittergourd into small pieces, rub salt and leave for a while. Squeeze dry. Chop garlic, chilli and ginger fine. Peel and chop mango into small pieces.

Heat oil in a thick pan or kadai and fry the mustard, then onion and curry leaves. Now add the bittergourd and garlic ginger mix. Fry till bittergourd is browning. Add mango. After 5 minutes add the spice powders and salt then add the thin coconut milk. Boil for ten minutes. If the mango is cooked add the thick milk simmer for a few minutes and remove. Taste for salt. Add a teaspoon of brown sugar/ jaggery and serve.

Adapted from : My treasure my pleasure



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