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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pavakka Theeyal / Bittergourd Theeyal

Theeyal is a delicious dish in Kerala. It has a rich distinct taste which makes it a distinct curry.
This recipe uses Pavakka or Bittergourd as the main ingredient.

  • Sliced shallots(Pearl Onion) - 15 nos
  • Slit Green Chilly- 4 nos
  • BitterGourd / Pavakka- 1 Medium Size
  • Grated Coconut- ½ cup
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1½ tsp
  • Coriander Powder- 1½ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder-¼ tsp
  • Fenugreek Powder- a pinch
  • Tamarind - A gooseberry sized ball
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Curry Leaves - a few
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil - 2 tsp

  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan add Grated coconut and saute till brown.
  • Add chilly powder and coriander powder and stir for a few minutes.
  • Remove from fire and allow to cool.
  • Grind it to a fine paste.
  • Soak tamarind in ¼ cup of warm water and take the extract from it.
  • Cut Bittergourd / Pavakka into small pieces.
  • Heat remaining oil in a pan.
  • Add sliced onions, Green Chilly and saute, till they turn golden brown colour.
  • Add Pavakka and saute for another 3 minutes.
  • Add turmeric Powder,salt and water,allow to cook.
  • Add tamarind juice and allow to boil.
  • Add coconut paste and let it to boil till the gravy thickens and oil seperates.
  • Remove from the fire and add curry leaves.
  • Sprinkle fenugreek powder and mix well.
Recommended Combination: Pavakka / Bittergourd Theeyal can be served hot with Rice.


  1. Kerala dish lol, does this kerala is karwa too? becuase then it will only make this dish worse honetsly. So guide me too reagardng removing karwa from karaela.