Bitter Gourd and Sesame Curry with Brown Sugar, Turmeric, Coriander

Bitter Gourd and Sesame Curry with Brown Sugar, Turmeric, Coriander

Author Notes:

The umami taste of bitter gourds are balanced and accentuated with sweet Vidalia onions, tomatoes and spices.

Malathi Rajagopalan

Serves: 4
Prep time: 1 hrs 30 min
Cook time: 30 min


  • 2 Seeded, finely chopped bitter gourds
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons Dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds powder
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder
In This Recipe


  1. Mix salt and turmeric with the chopped bitter gourds, let rest for an hour. Drain or squeeze bitter juice out and discard juice.
  2. Heat oil, stir fry onions, tomatoes, bitter gourd on medium heat for 30 minutes or until all vegetables are soft and mushy. Add red chilly powder, sesame seeds, coriander seeds powder, tamarind and brown sugar. Stir well and turn heat off. Serve hot with rice and bread.

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