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Showing posts with label bittergourd. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pavakka Kichadi / Bittergourd Kichadi

Pavakka Kichadi / Bittergourd Kichadi (also called Pachadi) is a side dish served with rice.
Kichadi is prepared using fried vegetable mixed with curd or yogurt.

  • Finely chopped Pavakka / Bitter Gourd - ½ cup 
  • Curd - 1 cup 
  • Roundly cut Green Chilly -4 nos 
  • Curry leaves 
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut Oil - for frying 

  • Fry the Pavakka / Bittergourd, Green Chilly and Curry leaves till it is brown and crisp. 
  • Add Fried items into curd. 
  • Add salt and mix it well.
Recommended Combination: Pavakka Kichadi / Bittergourd Kichadi can be served with rice.

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.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pavakka Curry / Bittergourd Curry

Pavakka Curry / Bittergourd Curry is prepared in grinded coconut paste to reduce its bitterness.
This is a thick gravy curry served with Rice.

  • Pavakka / Bittergourd -2 big size
  • Sliced Onion - 1 no
  • Sliced Green Chilly -3 nos
  • Sliced Tomato - 1 no
  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  • Corriander powder – ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves 

  • Remove seed from Pavakka and cut it into small pieces.
  • Grind the Grated coconut, Chilly Powder,Corriander Powder to a fine paste.
  • Cook Pavakka, Onion and Green Chilly along with Turmeric powder and Salt.
  • When Pavakka is cooked, add Coconut paste and Tomato.
  • Let it boil.
  • When it starts boil,turn off the stove and add Coconut Oil and Curry leaves.
Recommended Combination:Pavakka Curry / Bittergourd Curry can be serve hot with Rice / Chappathi

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pavakka Thoran / Bitter Gourd Thoran.

Pavakka / Bitter Gourd is a stomachic medicine, which serves to tone the stomach, improving its function and increasing appetite. It is also used as a medicine for diabetics. This bitter fruit can be used to prepare a variety of dishes including Thoran. The grated coconut in Thoran reduces the bitterness of the dish.

  • Bittergourd/ Pavakka (finely Chopped) - 1 big
  • Grated coconut - ½ Cup
  • Finely Chopped Onion - 1 nos
  • Finely sliced coconut - ¼ cup
  • Green Chilly(Chopped) - 4 nos 
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Red Chilly-2 nos
  • Rice - 1tbsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt to taste

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds and Red chilly and allow to splutter.
  • Add rice and fry it.
  • Once rice becomes crispy, add the chopped onion,green chilly and saute well till the Onion turns transparent.
  • Add chopped Bitter gourd, sliced coconut,turmeric powder and Salt .
  • Sprinkle water, cover the pan and let it cook.
  • Add the grated coconut and mix well.
  • Stir continuously till the water dries up.
  • Add curry leaves and mix it.
Recommended Combination: Pavakka Thoran / Bitter Gourd Thoran can be served hot with Rice.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pavakka Mezhukkupuratti / Bitter Gourd Stir Fry

Pavakka, Green chilli, Coconut slices, Onion slices are cooked in little water and fried in oil till it turns crisp and golden colour

  • Bitter Gaurd(Roundly sliced)- 1 cup
  • Green chilies (slit)- 4 nos
  • Sliced Onions -¼ cup
  • Coconut slices -¼ cup.
  • Turmeric powder -¼ tsp.
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil -2 tbsp

  • Cook Pavakka in little water along with turmeric powder, Green chilli, Coconut slices, Onion slices and salt.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Put the Pavakka into it and fry utill it turns to golden colour.
Recommended Combination: Serve with Rice.