How can we removed the bitter taste of bittergourd?

@achinthya (1219)
February 14, 2009 7:57am CST
I like this vegetable (bittergourd)but I don't know how to remove the bitter taste from it.Can you suggest some tips?
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@ank_47 (1963)
• India
14 Feb 09
if i prepare curry with bitterguard, i first cook bitterguard (whole) with buttermilk 1 cup and turmeric 1 spoon and then i squeeze water in it and make pieces with removing seeds in it and i will fry those pieces in hot oil till they become brown colour .then i make curry with it. now i take 2,3 spoons oil and in it i add tadka ,curry leaves, and add onion pieces and fry them. then i add fried bitterguard pieces ,and fry in this for 3,4 minutes and add red chilli powder and salt and add besan 2,3 spoons and fry for 1 minute and remove.we can also add indian masala powder in it if we want. this above recipe is south indian style ,which we prepare in house and there will no bitterness in it after we prepare curry. try it if u want . and we can make many curries with it . by squeezing water and by frying in hot oil and by adding besan , there will no bitterness in it. otherwise there will be more bitterness in it.
• India
16 Mar 09
Hi achinthya... Bitterguard is my favourite(sounds odd for many) vegetable. My mom makes bitterguard fry for me everytime. If someone tastes it they can't believe that it is bitterguard curry. She makes it that tasty without any bitterness. Just you should fry it a lot till get dark brown color with a bit extra oil. Then you can't find any bitterness. Even if you find some bitterness just add a teaspoon of sugar if you like to have. That's it. You don't feel any bitterness in it.
• Chennai, India
16 Mar 09
We add tomatoes while frying it, to reduce the bitterness. Also frying the bittergourd in oil under medium flame for a little long time, will reduce the bitterness.
@Nancy312 (283)
• China
16 Feb 09
usually,we do it first squeezing in the boiled water,then it will not be so bitter,and fried it with eggs.Also ,there are many people like to eat such better taste,because it's said that bettergourd can make people beauty,clear away heat and toxic material,etc.In a word,eating bittergourd is good for health
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
15 Feb 09
Hi, I usually cook bittergourd in soups - I will add meat bones, meat, red dates and seasoning and place in a slow cooker for 4 to 5 hours. The bittergourd will be soft, and the soup has a pleasant taste of sweet (meat) and light bitterness. Not sure if this helps!
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
14 Feb 09
I think it's called bittergourd because it's supposed to be bitter, right? Anyhow, perhaps you mean you're trying to minimize the 'bitter taste', for starters you can minimize the bitter taste by not over cooking it. Over cooking causes it to release more bitterness. Similarly, you can minimize it's taste depending on what you mix it with, we usually put a lot of eggs and onion and garlic, the more egg, the lesser bitter taste. I've also heard of squeezing it with water so that the bitter taste won't bee too much. I don't know really, I haven't tried doing that. But you could try and test it out if it works.