Karela (bitter gourd) Thoran

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Thoran is a special Keralite dry dish made from vegetables like cabbage, raw jackfruit, peas, bitter gourd etc. with grated coconuts. Thoran is a Malayali word. In North India these preparations are also known as Fugat. The very first time I came across the word "Fugat" was while exploring a cookbook written by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. This is a very simple recipe of Karela (bitter Gourd) Thoran that can be served with plain steamed rice.

karela/ bitter gourd thoran

(serves 4)

  • Karela (bitter gourd) 250 gms
  • Onion      1 medium
  • Green chili     2
  • Curry leaves   5-6
  • Oil  2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Coconut grated ½ cup
  • Salt  1 tsp/ to taste
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder (optional)

Method of preparation

  1. Peel off the onion, wash and chop finely.
  2. Remove the stem of green chili, wash and chop finely.
  3. Wash, remove the thick sides and cut the bitter gourd into small pieces.
karela/ bitter gourd thoran
Ingredients of Karela Thoran
  1. In a nonstick pan heat oil, add mustard seeds. When seeds stop crackling, add curry leaves. Fry for a few seconds, now add onion and green chili, and fry untill translucent (takes 2-3 minutes). If you are adding turmeric add it now.
karela/ bitter gourd thoran
Onion Frying
  1. Now add bitter gourd, mix well and fry for a couple of minutes. Add salt and mix well again.
  2. Now add coconut and mix well. Cover the lid and cook till the bitter gourds are tender ( takes about 8-10 minutes).
  3. Now add  lemon juice and mix well.

Karela Thoran is ready to serve. Serve with steamed rice.


For a change you can also add a little bit of turmeric powder to give a light yellow color to Karela Thoran dish..

Instead of lemon/lime juice you can also use tamarind pulp in this recipe.

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