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

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 !!!


Lavanya :)


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

  2. Creamy and delicious curry..yum

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

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Nice recipe ...looks creamy n delish

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

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


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