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Apr 11, 2012

Pavakkai Pitlai / Bitter Gourd Curry

Bitter Gourd also called bitter melon has huge range of medicinal properties. majorly used to control diabetes, cleanses the stomach ( if you have worms) . Most of us are qutie aware of these facts, this particular recipe that i adapted from my mom's kitchen gives a varied flavour of slight bitterness with a tangy taste.



Preparation Time : 15 Minutes
Cooking Time : 15 Minutes
Serves : 4

Ingredients : 

Bitter Gourd - 2 Small Sized - cut in to round slices
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup - Boiled and mashed
Peanuts - 1/4 cup - Boiled
Tamarind - 1 Lemon sized - pulped
Green Chilly - 1
Sambhar Powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Jaggery - 1 teaspoon
Mustard - 1 teaspoon
Urad Dal - 1 teaspoon
Asafoedita - a pinch
Curry leaves - 7 to 10
Oil
Salt


To Grind

Coconut - 3 table spoon
Red Chilli - 2 
Coriander Seeds - 2  teaspoons




Method :

Rub sliced bitter gourd with salt and keep it aside for half an hour . Later Squeeze and pressure cook for just one whistle . Now heat a pan, pour 2 tbps of oil, add mustard let it splutter, then add  urad dal, curry leaves and slit green chilli, saute for half a minute. Now add asafoedita and the pressure cooked bitter gourd. Add the tamarind pulp, sambar powder and turmeric powder. Leave it to boil on medium flame for 4 minutes. Later add the cooked toor dal,peanuts, jaggery, salt and the coconut paste. Add some water if required . Let it cook for 5 more minutes. The gravy should be little thick.Serve hot with rice or rotis !!!

Luv

Lavanya :)

8 comments:

  1. Its been a while i havent prepared this yummy curry..looks fabulous Lav..

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  2. Creamy and delicious curry..yum

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  3. Who can guess that it has bittergourd in it. Lovely gravy

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  4. Nice recipe ...looks creamy n delish

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  5. lovely space you have here Lavanya. love this curry.

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  6. My hubby loves bitter gourd, and this looks so delish!

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