Braised Bitter Melon


2 ½ cups bitter melon, peeled and sliced, seeds removed

1 cup onion, coarsely chopped

3 Tbsp EVOO

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp salt 

½ tsp turmeric 

¼ cup coconut milk

1 cup corn [one cob roughly]

1 serrano, diced

1 Tbsp ginger purée

1 tsp amchur

2 Tbsp fresh minced coconut 

2 Tbsp mint, ribboned


  1. Heat up the olive oil & pop the cumin seeds. Add the chopped onion, bitter melon, salt, & turmeric. Let it cook for a few minutes until the bitter melon has a slight char.

  2. Add the coconut milk, corn, serrano & ginger, stir to combine. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

  3. Take the bitter melon off the burner & sprinkle with amchur, coconut & cilantro before serving.

ideas / variations

  • Instead of amchur add lemon juice.

  • Instead of coconut milk, add ½ cup of freshly diced tomatoes.