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Snake Gourd and Bitter Melon Stir Fry

This wonderfully spiced Indian dish gives stir-fry an new mix.

Winter 2013

  • Any combination of these vegetables makes an excellent vegetarian meal that can be served as is or with chapatis or rice.
    Photo by Wendy Kiang-Spray

Yield: 4 Servings

This recipe for snake gourd and bitter melon cooked in spices and besan (chick pea flour) is from one of my favorite blogs that feature authentic Indian family recipes. In this dish, both gourds are split in half lengthwise, scooped of their pith, and then cut into half moons. Spices such as ajwain contribute to a distinctly Indian flavor, and besan flour gives this dish a depth of flavor and great texture. Sautéing the besan flour before using brings out a nutty flavor that coats every bite of the vegetables. As an alternative to snake gourd and bitter melon, in-season angled luffa gourd or green beans can be substituted. Any combination of these vegetables makes an excellent vegetarian meal that can be served as is or with chapatis or rice. Visit the blog for more delicious Indian recipes. 

Snake Gourd and Bitter Melon Stir Fry Recipe

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