Baked Bitter-Gourd Curry (பாவக்காய் கறி)



  • 6 bitter gourds
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3-4 dried red chilies
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ cup chopped tomato
  • ½ cup thick coconut milk
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ teaspoon tamarind paste (more if needed)
  • Salt to taste



  • Pre-heat oven to 425F
  • Split bitter gourd lengthwise and remove the seeds
  • Thinly slice them diagonally
  • In a cookie sheet add bitter gourd and mix thoroughly with olive oil
  • Bake for about one hour or until lightly browned and crisp
  • In a saucepan add canola oil and add onion and garlic and sauté until they are golden.
  • Add dried red chilies and sauté/fry for another one minute
  • Add chopped tomato, salt, and red chili and cook until the mixture becomes to sauce consistency.  If needed add one  tablespoon at a time and cook until the tomatoes are cooked and sauce consistency
  • Add bitter gourd, coconut milk, coconut water, water, tamarind paste and cover and cook for about 10 minutes.  If the curry becomes too dry, add a few tablespoons of water.
  • Serve with rice


Coconut water is added to remove the bitterness of the gourd.  If coconut water is not available, just a bit of sugar (1/2 teaspoon) can be used.  But adding coconut water also gives a nice flavor compared to adding sugar.  Also amount of tamarind can be increased if you like the curry to be a little sour taste.  Adding more tamarind will remove the bitterness as well.

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