A transparent cup of bitter melon tea with a fresh bitter melon on a wooden table
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Bitter Melon Tea Recipe

Enjoy the mild, nutty taste of this nutritious herbal drink!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Indian, Chinese
Keyword: bitter melon, bitter melon tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 2 cups of dried (or fresh) bitter melon
  • 2 cups of water (filtered)
  • 1 tsp honey or sugar (if desired)


  • To make bitter melon tea, bring the water to a boil in a pot and then add the chopped bitter melon.
  • Then, put the lid on the pot and let it boil for 10 minutes at medium heat.
  • Turn the heat off and take the pot down from the stove. Allow it to steep for an additional 10 minutes without a lid on top. 
  • Now strain the mixture into a teapot or glasses
  • In the end, add a teaspoon of honey or sugar, if required, and enjoy the hot beverage!


If you want to turn down the bitterness of the vegetable, soak the chopped bitter melon for 1/2 an hour before going ahead with the recipe. You can also parboil it for 2 min. Once done, set it aside, pour off the water, rinse it properly and then proceed ahead with the recipe. It would also be advisable for you to consult a doctor for the exact dosage if you are undergoing treatment for cholesterol or diabetes.