Jun 13, 2011

Pavakkai Fry/ Bittergourd fry

Bittergourd/Pavakkai is one of the most hated vegetables. I had an aversion towards the bitter veggie for long, but knowing its nutritional benefits, I knew I had to make it at home. I made this crispy version and it tasted great as a side dish with rice and dal and also with curd rice. I made it the simple way as I usually make other vegetable stir fries. I added some grated coconut towards the end to mitigate the bitterness of the bitter gourd.

Bittergourd / Pavakkai - 2 medium sized ones
Onion - 1 small sized
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Urad dal - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - a few
Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Grated coconut - 2 tablespoons

  • Wash the bittergourd and slice it finely.
  • In a kadai, heat the oil and do the tempering with the mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and add the sliced onions. 
  • Once they turn translucent, add the sliced bittergourd and saute for a minute. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt to taste and mix well. 
  • Sprinkle some water and cover for about two minutes and cook until the bittergourd turns soft. Remove the lid and fry for a few minutes and until it turns crispy. 
  • Add the grated coconut and saute for a minute until everything combines together.

Serve warm along with rice and dal.


  1. Looks superb and very tempting, I know it is bitter gourd, but still looks tempting :)

  2. My fav fry anytime, lovely spread..makes me hungry..

  3. The pavvakkai fry looks crisp and inviting, loved the idea of adding some coconut to it!

  4. looks yumm...love that lunch platter..

  5. Very healthy fry divya. You have made it look so inviting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. My fav recipe.. looks so tempting and delicious.. yummy !!
    Indian Cuisine

  7. My fav one.....ur version sounds yum

  8. Quick & delicious stir fry!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. Love the pavakkai cut click very very much! Not a big fan of pavakkai recipes though ;)

  10. I love this ...n tht platter is just so yum ....I can have that daily

  11. Loved your clicks.. Am not a great fan of bittergourd..

  12. Yummy platter!!Love pavakkai stirfry

  13. very delicious stir fry...i too used to hate the karela, but started liking it recently..:) glad to follow u..u have a lovely space..do visit mine as time permits..

  14. a good idea would be to remove the seeds! and to remove the bitter taste, soak it in buttermilk for about 30 mins!

  15. That's a delicious looking platter Dhivya...your preparation looks very tasty...will give this a try soon :)

  16. THis dish is one of my favorites...!! I love all your food photographs... !! Very neatly displayed and neatly written !!


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