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Friday, April 29, 2011

Pavakka(Kaipakka) Theeyal | Bitter Gourd Curry

Bitter gourds in any form are my favorite, 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 keep trying many other theeyals too,love the roasted coconut mix taste with veggies. I also cook bitter gourd curry in thick coconut milk(kaipakka paal curry) ,that's another very relishing recipe. Do it out !

pavakka theeyal /bitter gourd curry

bitter gourd 2 sliced
onion/shallots 1/2 cup 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 a sprig
coconut slices/thenga kothu 2tbsp
water 1cup
oil preferably coconut 2tbsp


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

roasted spices and coconut

  • Heat oil in  a pan and add in thenga kothu(coconut slices),fry for two minutes until its roasted slightly. Slide in onions and saute for two minutes. Saute the green chilli and garlic cloves. Drain the water oozed out from the sliced bitter gourds(reduces bitterness) and add the bitter gourd to the pan. Fry them for 3 minutes.
  • Now add the fine coconut 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~ a large bowl

*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).
* Try and use shallots in this curry,helps reduce the bitterness of bitter gourd.



Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Jayanthy Kumaran 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.