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Bitter Gourd with yellow Pumpkin (Ayurveda Recipe)


Bitter Gourd with yellow Pumpkin:

Being a Bengali I crave for sweet dishes from my childhood. My sisters and I didn’t like the bitter taste of bitter gourd. My mother used to make this bitter gourd recipe as a home remedy for the stomach worm once in a week. We always refused to take this because of it bitter taste. But now I come to know that how much bitter gourd is beneficial to control the insulin level of blood. To reduce the bitterness here my extra addition is coconut milk. Pumpkin also reduces the bitterness. There are six tastes or Rasas that are distinguished in the Ayurvedic diet are Sweet, Salty, Sour, Pungent, Astringent and Bitter. I always try to follow these six tastes in our daily diet as much as Possible. This recipe goes well as a starter with basmati rice.

Bitter Gourd with yellow Pumpkin(Ayurveda recipe)

Bitter Gourd with yellow Pumpkin(Ayurveda recipe)


Medium sized bitter gourd – 2(finely chopped into slices)
Pumpkin -1 cup(cut into pieces)
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Mustard seed – 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Thick coconut milk – 1/2 cup
Rock salt to taste


In a heavy bottomed pot, heat the ghee until it becomes clear. Add brown mustard seeds and sauté till it starts popping.When ready add the bitter gourd, pumpkin, turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well.Now to this add the coconut milk.Cook on low flame for 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutritional Information:
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 65.1
Total Fat 4.0 g
Saturated Fat 2.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 7.5 mg
Sodium 298.4 mg
Potassium 98.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 6.9 g
Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
Sugars 2.8 g
Protein 1.6 g
Vitamin A 155.3 %
Vitamin B-12 6.2 %
Vitamin B-6 0.7 %
Vitamin C 36.3 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.1 %


Author: roytanusree

Hi , My name is Tanusree Roy. I am an expert in Health and Nutrition niche . I have extensive experience in diet plan, nutrition advisory roles in various USA based nutrition and recipe based projects as a co-founder of Ennovation Consulting. I always enjoy cooking .I am the mother of two kids ,so my main concern is kids.

5 thoughts on “Bitter Gourd with yellow Pumpkin (Ayurveda Recipe)

  1. Interesting combination… Sounds great!

  2. I wouldn’t have thought about combining yellow pumpkin with bitter gourd. will try…

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