2 Mar 2015

Pavakkai Poriyal | Bitter Gourd Stir Fry

Bitter Gourd is not everybody's favorite because of it's bitterness. But when cooked right, there is no bitterness and tastes great too! This is another one of my dad's favorite like the athalakkai kuzhambu and athalakkai poriyal so my mum makes this atleast twice a week.

Pavakkai Poriyal

Preparation time 10mins | Cooking time 20 mins | Serves 2-3


  • Pavakkai - 2
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt - to taste
Pavakkai Poriyal

1. Wash the bitter gourd, slit it open and remove the seeds. 
2. Soak them in salted water for 10 mins to reduce the bitterness. This step is optional.

3. In a pan, heat oil. Add the mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.

4. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the bitter gourd. Keep stirring the vegetable for a few minutes. 
5. Add the coriander powder and turmeric powder and chilli powder. Mix well. Add the required salt.

6. Keep stirring the vegetable for about 5 minutes until the bitter gourd starts to change color and shrinks a bit.
7. Garnish and serve.

Pavakkai Poriyal

1. You can add onions too.
2. Some add sugar to reduce the bitterness of the vegetable. We son't add sugar. If you prefer you can add about 1/2 tsp of sugar or jaggery.
3. You can add more masalas too.

Until next time,

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  1. We believe that anything bitter is good for healthy and you said it too. I like it, mostly cooked for my other half's diabetic.

  2. Healthy fry,i Don't mind to Enjoy it vth rotis or even vth curd rice..

  3. This is one of my favorite... Tastes great with Sambar rice...

  4. My favorite one and can have it with Sambar rice

  5. Yummy bitter gourd stir fry...... :)

  6. beautiful bittergourd fry dear

  7. As a kid I never ate but now once a week is a must..in a way it has become one of my favourite veggie:) nIce recipe:)

  8. that looks good.. super healthy too


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