Diabetic Cooking

Bitter Melon Tacos



  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seed oil or coconut oil
  • Pinch of asafoetida or hing
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 8 bitter melons, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon tamarind concentrate or fresh tamarind pulp
  • 1 tablespoon jaggery or brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried mango powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed powder
  • 1–2 tablespoons water
  • Corn or wheat tortillas
  • Salsa of choice (I use mixed mango)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut, for garnish


Heat oil in a pan. Add a pinch of asafoetida or hing (watch out for the sizzle!), then add the cumin seeds, ginger and garlic. Stir for about 15 seconds.

Add bitter melon slices. Sauté for about 5 minutes.

Add tamarind, jaggery, turmeric, red chili powder, cumin seed powder, mango powder and coriander seedpowder.

Add 1–2 tablespoons of water. Give it a quick stir and allow the bitter melon to cook for about 5 minutes, until slightly tender.

Serve the bitter melon stir fry with tortillas to make tacos. Top with salsa to complement and balance the flavors. Garnish with shredded coconut.

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Recipe developed by Sapna Punjabi-Gupta.