Crispy Bitter Gourd Salad Recipe

Crispy Bitter Gourd Salad


  • Small Bitter Gourds, depends on size of salad (10 small ones should make a decent sized salad for 4pax)
  • 1 Large Tomato
  • 2 Green Chillis
  • 4 Small green limes
  • Fresh shallots, about 5 small ones

How to make Crispy Bitter Gourd Salad

Ok I know not everyone likes bitter gourd, but frying them to a crisp does take away the bitterness. It is imperative to get the small baby ones as opposed to the large ones. This is actually a Sri Lankan staple and they usually add dried fish to the salad, which is pound to a pulp. I suppose one could add pound dried shrip in place of fish, but I kinda like it sans seafood. You can work out your own proportions and add more tomatoes or chillis if you like.

  • Finely slice bitter gourd. (You can see from picture that they need to be thin slices, along with the seeds, they add a nice crunch)
  • Dice tomatoes, chilli, shallots finely.
  • Season sliced bitter gourd with salt
  • Deep fry till crisp
  • Dry on kitchen towel, let cool
  • Mix with rest of ingredients, squeeze in lime last
  • Salt to taste

Ugly little salad, but I suppose you who are creative will find a way to plate this beautifully. Me? I'm just lazy. Enjoy!

  • yummyfruit
    yummyfruit says

    that sounds delicious! do you think it would taste just as good if i didn't deep fry the bitter gourds? (seeing as i'm not afraid of the bitterness) ---

  • sideshowjo
    sideshowjo says

    Hmm interesting! Tho I think the taste of the bitter gourd may be overpowering as the baby ones are powerful little suckers! How bout grilling them to a crsip? I suppose you could incinerate them under the grill with just splash of olive oil? You've inspired me to come up with a healthier alternative!

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    i don't like bitter stuff :(

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