Bitter Gourd – Dry Coconut Stir-Fry

Bitter Gourd – Dry Coconut Stir-Fry

Kobbari Kakarkaye:

Other Names: Pavakai-Kopparai Varuval. Karela Chukka Nariyal ka Subzi. Kaakarkai Kura.

When it comes to cooking, I never complicate (at least intentionally) the procedures! I cook once a day in the evening and pack the same for the next day’s lunch. So, I really take good care and try nothing goofy to ruin it! For the same reason…I also minimize the ingredients. Most of my recipes will be plain old repeat, except with few tweaks to it! Occasionally, when something turns out spectacular, I would definitely have some good story to tell. Well, all I could say today is, a regular stir-fry with some good flavor! Thinking that eating something bitter will actually make life better(healthy)…I have been including them in my diet. So far, I find them very convincing!


Bitter melon/gourds 4, deseed and diced
Onion 1 large chopped
Dry coconut – grated 1 cup
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Garam masala 1 pinch
Sesame oil few spoons
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon.


In a wide wok, heat oil. Add the tempering spices followed by onions and fry real good.

Add diced vegetables, salt, turmeric, chili and garam masala powder. Cover and cook till tender.

Then add the coconuts and stir-fry over high.

Once oil separates, remove from heat.

Serve to go with your meals.


21 Responses so far.

  1. I too make this recipe.. Yummyy !!
    Indian Cuisine

  2. Suhaina says:

    That looks so awesome.. wish to have some with rice now.

  3. Raji says:

    I make bitter gourd at least twice in a fact I have started liking its bitter taste. This version of yours with dry coconut sounds too good..will give this a try.

  4. sangee vijay says:

    Hmmm….interesting stir fry….I like bitter gourd in any form….next time will try this way :)
    Bitter for better life…

  5. aipi says:

    Simple yet a delicious dish..nice addition of coconut!
    US Masala

  6. Vardhini says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog thereby introducing me to your blog.
    Bitter gourd fry looks yummy. Lovely pics.


  7. wow…i too made bittergourd coconut fry today

  8. Prathibha says:

    Nice stir it..:)

  9. Priya says:

    Woww stir fry looks fantastic..

  10. Simple and easy…….i never tried adding coconut to bitter gourd.

    Looks yummy …..perfect with rice & dal!!!

  11. Priti says:

    Yum …I love this one

  12. Healthy fry,loved ur version…

  13. divya says:

    Wowww… Truly delicious.. looks simply amazing..

  14. VineelaSiva says:

    Yummy curry.Never tried the curry with the sesame oil and coconut.Will try new flavours Malar.

  15. Suja says:

    Love bitter gourd and this looks truly delicious.

  16. Zareena says:

    Thanks Malar, for your lovely comment. I used to make this in a different way, but your version is lovely. Will try this soon.

  17. Bitter gourd stir fry is hubby’s favorite… But havent tried adding coconut… Will surely try next time…

  18. Swathi says:

    Bitter gourd stir fry looks awesome.

  19. Looks super yummy, I feel bad, I hardly cook with bitter gourd :(

  20. Kashif says:

    My wife makes something similar as part of our ayurvedic / yogic diet. Delicious and so good for you!

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