Bitter Gourd and Mint Vegetable Recipe: A Healthy and Flavorful Indian Dish

Bitter gourd is a nutritious vegetable that is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Although it has a bitter taste, it can be made delicious with the right combination of spices and herbs. One such herb is mint, which not only adds flavor but also has several health benefits. In this article, we will explore a simple and flavorful Indian-style bitter gourd and mint vegetable recipe that is easy to make and can be enjoyed with rice or roti.

Here’s a recipe for a simple and flavorful Indian-style bitter gourd and mint vegetable:


  • 2 medium-sized bitter gourds (karela), thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 green chilies, slit
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil


  1. Wash and thinly slice the bitter gourds. Sprinkle some salt on them and let them sit for 15-20 minutes. This will help to remove the bitterness from the bitter gourds. Don’t forget to squeeze out the excess water from them at this moment as this vegetable needs be dry to taste excellent. Keep it aside after squeezing it the excess water.
  2. Heat oil in a pan preferably on a medium flame, as I do. Add cumin seeds. fennel seeds can be added to the bitter gourd and mint vegetable recipe to enhance its flavor. I prefer to add fennel seeds to it. You can also add about 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds along with the cumin seeds while tempering the dish. Fennel seeds have a sweet and fragrant flavor that pairs well with bitter gourd and mint. They are also known for their digestive properties and can help to alleviate digestive issues. Once the seeds start spluttering, add the sliced onions and green chilies. Saute until the onions turn translucent.
  3. Add the sliced bitter gourds and saute for a few minutes. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Cover the pan and let it cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Once the bitter gourds are cooked, add chopped mint leaves and mix well. Allow it cook for another, say, 2-3 minutes or so.
  6. Turn off the heat and transfer the bitter gourd and mint vegetable to a serving dish.
  7. Serve hot with roti or rice.

Enjoy your delicious and healthy bitter gourd and mint vegetable!

Bitter Gourd and Mint Vegetable Recipe: A Healthy and Flavorful Indian Dish

you can add other vegetables to this recipe to make it more nutritious and flavorful. Some vegetables that go well with bitter gourd and mint are:

  1. Potatoes: Add cubed potatoes along with the bitter gourds for a more filling and hearty dish.
  2. Tomatoes: Add chopped tomatoes to the recipe to give it a tangy flavor and add some moisture to the dish.
  3. Carrots: Add sliced carrots to the recipe for a slightly sweet taste and more crunch.
  4. Peppers: You can also add some sliced bell peppers or chili peppers to give the dish a little bit of heat.

Just keep in mind that the cooking time may vary depending on the vegetables you add, so adjust the cooking time accordingly. Also, it’s important that the seasoning be adjusted as per your taste.

In conclusion, mint leaves can add a refreshing and aromatic flavor to your cooking while also providing various health benefits. From chutneys and teas to salads and pestos, there are many ways to incorporate mint leaves into your dishes. In addition to the bitter gourd and mint vegetable recipe provided, you can also experiment with adding other vegetables to create a more nutritious and flavorful meal. Whether you’re looking to improve digestion, reduce inflammation, or simply enjoy a flavorful dish, incorporating mint leaves into your cooking can be a great way to enhance your culinary experience. So go ahead and try out these mint-inspired recipes and enjoy the refreshing and healthy flavors they bring to your table!



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