Bitter-gourd mix subzi

Tackle the season of bitter ‘bitter-gourds’ with a mix of vegetables in a seasoned subzi. The bitter taste of the bitter-gourd blends well with the subtleness of the cabbage and the hidden sweetness of the carrot, making this dish worth serving as a part of your meal. I have mentioned in the ingredients that coconut is optional, because I have not used it in the recipe. For those who absolutely can’t stand the bitterness of the vegetable, this is a good ingredient or you can even try groundnut powder, which also adds a good flavour to the dish.


  • 2 Carrots –peeled, grated or chopped fine
  • 2-3 Bitter gourd – peeled and chopped fine
  • ½ a small Cabbage – chopped fine
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • Red chilli just a pinch (optional)
  • ½ cup grated coconut (optional)
  • Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves, green chillies and the vegetables. Tip in the turmeric powder, salt and red chilli powder.
  • Cover and cook on low flame for 10 mins or till vegetable are done. You may need to stir the vegetables in intervals.
  • Remove lid and add coconut at this stage.
  • Serve hot with steamed white rice.

Preparation Time: 30-35 minutes

Serves: 3-4

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