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May 24, 2011


I learnt this delicious kuzhambu /rasam from my MIL.Just like Kazhani kuzhambu , this is also an easy , unique recipe.I usually make pitlai with BG.But this is something different in taste and the procedure.Here comes the recipe with the picture..

uppu saaru


  • Bittergourd - 1 no (medium size)
  • Tamarind - Small gooseberry size
  • Salt & water - As needed

To roast & grind :

  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Toor dal - 1.5 tsp
  • Channa dal- 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Red chilly - 4 -5 nos
  • Grated Coconut - 1 tbsp

To temper :

  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few


  • Slice cut Bittergourd with 1 inch thickness.
  • In a pressure cooker , take the bittergourd slices and cook till 1 whistle.
  • Take a tsp of oil in a kadai and roast the ingredients given above. Powder it coarsely and set aside.
  • In the  kadai , heat oil and temper the items given under "to temper". Now add the tamarind extract , salt , hing and curry leaves.
  • Add the cooked bittergourd pieces and allow it to boil for sometime.
  • Now mix the coarsely ground powder and boil for 5 mins.
  • The mixture should be watery in consistency.
  • Finally garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with plain rice & papad.

 uppu saaru 1



The bitter melon (also known as bitter gourd) looks like a cucumber but with ugly gourd-like bumps all over it.

As the name implies, this vegetable is a melon that is bitter.  There are two varieties of this vegetable:  One grows to about 20 cm long, is oblong and pale green in color.  The other is the smaller variety, less than 10 cm long, oval and has a darker green color.

Both varieties have seeds that are white when unripe and that turn red when they are ripe.  The vegetable-fruit turn reddish-orange when ripe and becomes even more bitter.

Bitter gourd thrives in hot and humid climates, so are commonly found in Asian countries and South America.

Westerners may not be so used to bitter melons, so may find them more difficult to consume.  But if you can generally take bitter taste, you may be able to take this too.  Try it, at least for all its healthful virtues!

Nutritional Benefits

Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients.  It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber.  It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana.

Bitter melon contains a unique phyto-constituent that has been confirmed to have a hypoglycemic effect called charantin.  There is also another insulin-like compound known as polypeptide P which have been suggested as insulin replacement in some diabetic patients.

Health Benefits

Few other fruits/vegetables offer medicinal properties for these ailments like bitter melon does.

Blood disorders:  Bitter gourd juice is highly beneficial for treating blood disorders like blood boils and itching due to toxemia.  Mix 2 ounces of fresh bitter gourd juice with some lime juice.  Sip it slowly on an empty stomach daily for between four and six months and see improvement in your condition.

Cholera: In early stages of cholera, take two teaspoonfuls juice of bitter gourd leaves, mix with two teaspoonfuls white onion juice and one teaspoonful lime juice.  Sip this concoction daily till you get well.

Diabetes mellitus:  Bitter melon contains a hypoglycemic compound (a plant insulin) that is highly beneficial in lowering sugar levels in blood and urine.  Bitter melon juice has been shown to significantly improve glucose tolerance without increasing blood insulin levels.

Energy:  Regular consumption of bitter gourd juice has been proven to improve energy and stamina level.  Even sleeping patterns have been shown to be improved/stabilized.

Eye problems:  The high beta-carotene and other properties in bitter gourd makes it one of the finest vegetable-fruit that help alleviate eye problems and improving eyesight.

Hangover:  Bitter melon juice may be beneficial in the treatment of a hangover for its alcohol intoxication properties.  It also help cleanse and repair and nourish liver problems due to alcohol consumption.

Immune booster:  This bitter juice can also help to build your immune system and increase your body's resistance against infection.

Piles: Mix three teaspoonfuls of juice from bitter melon leaves with a glassful of buttermilk. Take this every morning on empty stomach for about a month and see an improvement to your condition.  To hasten the healing, use the paste of the roots of bitter melon plant and apply over the piles.

Psoriasis:  Regular consumption of this bitter juice has also been known to improve psoriasis condition and other fungal infections like ring-worm and athletes feet.

Respiratory disorders:  Take two ounces of fresh bitter melon juice and mix with a cup of honey diluted in water.  Drink daily to improve asthma, bronchitis and pharyngitis.

Toxemia:  Bitter gourd contains beneficial properties that cleanses the blood from toxins.  Sip two teaspoonfuls of the juice daily to help cleanse the liver.  Also helpful in ridding jaundice for the same reasons.


  1. Bitter gourd rasam its very new to me.

  2. Totally new to me,not a big fan of bitter gourd though!

  3. Thnx for the quick comments dearies :)

  4. wonderully done and presented delicious

  5. Thanks for listing benefits of bitter gourd. We need to be reminded of this from time to time as we usually not eat due to bitterness.

  6. Sounds interesting and inviting,

  7. I've come across different versions of rasam but never with bitter gourd -- intriguing!

  8. Bittergourd in rasam... A different recipe to me... But ur pic tempts me to make it...

  9. Rasam looks inviting..Its very nice to know about nutritional facts..

    Sunanda's Kitchen

  10. Completely different and new rasam for me, cant wait to try..

  11. its a new one to me ....... delicious and lovely pictures.......

  12. Bottle gourd rasam looks perfect.

  13. Wow looks delicious and very tempting.

  14. very new to me !! looks so wonderful and interesting recipe !!

  15. interesting and I think I will love this..

  16. New for me and looks very interesting ..

  17. wow...rasam looks delish!! Love the kitchen clinic section!!

  18. A very different rasam...Will try one day...

  19. sounds interesting and new to me....
    looks healthy and delicious :)

  20. bitter gourd in rasam sounds nice..never tried..:)

  21. Now I am trying this as early as possible... I have good bittergourds from the green grocer's visit yesterday! I am already loving the recipe.Just waiting to try!

  22. Sure to try this delicious & healthy rasam!!! Very informative post ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  23. very different and uniquerecipe. sounds very flavourful

  24. Very healthy recipe Chitra,I will make bitter gourd often.sure will try it...

  25. This is a whole new way of preparing bittergourd... thanks for sharing:)

  26. This is so unique to me..sound delicious..

  27. just a new receipe. thanks for your painstaking effort to write all details.

  28. Oh gosh girl, I am hungry for this!

  29. very new recipe to me ... looks delicious ....... glad to follow u ....

  30. I make something like this, but I have not used bitter gourd in it, will try it next time

  31. Love this idea of using pavakkai in rasam. I make pitla with it usually too! Will definitely try this recipe:-)

  32. lovely food... very tempting!!! i will make this one... thanks for sharing your recipe


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