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Friday, April 29, 2011

Pavakka Theeyal | Bitter Gourd Curry

Bitter gourds in any form are my favourite , and so was this recipe.I learnt this from my mom and thought of sharing it with you all. This alone is enough with hot plain rice.I had earlier tried many other theeyals but bitter gourd as theeyal for the first time.I also cooked bitter gourd curry in thick coconut milk ,that's another very relishing recipe.

pavakka theeyal /bitter gourd curry


bitter gourd 2 sliced
onion 1/2 sliced
green chilli 3
garlic 3 cloves
coconut grated 1/2 cup
chilly powder 1tsp
coriander powder 1tsp
turmeric powder 1/2tsp
fenugreek seeds 1/2tsp
tamarind 1 amla size(soaked in water)
curry leaves
water 1cup


Wash and slice the bitter gourds ,sprinkle with some salt and keep aside for half an hour.

Dry roast the coconut in a pan till brown.

roasted coconut

Mix all the spices into the roasted coconut and fry on a low flame,till a nice aroma comes.

roasted spices and coconut

Put off the flame and cool it.Grind this mixture into a fine paste.

Heat oil in  a pan and saute onions for a minute.

Saute the green chilli and cloves.

Drain the water oozed out from the sliced bitter gourds(reduces bitterness) and add to the pan.

Fry them for 3 minutes.

Now add the fine paste,salt  and water

Cook  covered for 7 minutes and add the tamarind water.

Again cook for 2minutes and is ready.

Garnish with curry leaves.
  • servings  3 adults

You can also cook the bitter gourds in water(1/2 cup),turmeric and salt for 5 mins in a microwave and drain the water and add to the curry .(reduces bitterness to a large extent)




Now Serving said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow this is an excellent recipe too - I just got some Fresh karela from the Indian store

Jay said... Best Blogger Tips

I never tried this way..looks simply delicious ..:P
Tasty Appetite

saleena said... Best Blogger Tips

This is very good veg recipe.I will prepare it.