Bitter gourd gojju

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How long it takes: 45 minutes 

Number of servings: 2-3

Bitter gourd is bitter and that means many of us do not like it. However, it is healthy and it can cooked in a way to take advantage of its bitterness. We in the family love this veggie and prepare a variety of dishes like Kosambari and Gojju, which in fact is what this post is about. This is a Maharashtrian dish and to all your surprise (and maybe relief) it is without coconut.

What you need to have:

1. Chopped bitter gourd – 1 and 1/2 cups

2. mustard seeds – 3/4 teaspoons

3. asafoetida (soft) – size of a pepper

4. Red chili – 3-4

5. jaggery – a generous quantity

6. tamarind  paste – 1 teaspoon or Bilimbi  -2

7. salt – as per taste KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                             Ingredients of bitter gourd gojj

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and chop bitter gourd fine and keep it aside as shown in above image. Rub in a little salt and squeeze out the juice and transfer it to a spatula adding required quantity of cooking oil and fry it till brown and crispy. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                     Chopped bitter gourd being fried KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                      Bitter gourd fried till brown

2. Dry roast mustard seeeds  in a spatula and keep it aside. In the same spatula add a little oil and fry red chili. Also fry fenugreek and asafoetida too.Transfer all the ingredients including fried bitter gourd, tamarind, jaggery, salt mustard seeds, fenugreek, asafoetida and grind it to a fairly coarse consistency.                                                           KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                  All ingredients in the mixy bowl to grind KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                          Ready to serve Bitter gourd gojju

How long it takes: 

1. Chop the veggie fine to fry fast and crispy.

2. Jaggery enhances the taste of the dish.

3. Grinding coarse helps to relish the dish.



6 thoughts on “Bitter gourd gojju

    throve said:
    March 11, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Never acquired the taste for the gourd. I tried it in Okinawa, Okinawan style. Okay in small portions. You make it look nice. I may check out the Asian supermarket and give it a try in cooking.

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 11, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Hi Throve,

      Do try out and send me the feed back please.

    Priya said:
    March 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Bitter is good of health and fingerlicking gravy, love to enjoy with a bowl of rice.

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Hi Priya,

      As you write this veggie when prepared in an ideal way dishes turn out wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!

    hindustanisakhisaheli said:
    May 23, 2013 at 3:22 am

    this is very intresting to me !!!

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm


      Thanx and try it out and send me da feed back please.

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