Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pavakkai Curry (Bitter gourd curry)

I learnt this recipe from my grandma. It is a little time consuming recipe but the curry tastes awesome. People who do not like bitter gourd will also like this curry for sure.As per the original recipe by grandma, the bitter gourd has to be cooked in tamarind water in stove top for about 30 -40 minutes.I converted this to a partially microwave recipe to reduce the cooking time



Ingredients
Pavakkai(Bitter gourd)                       6 medium sized
Tamarind paste3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder1/4 tsp
Salt1 tsp
Hinga pinch
Chilli powder1/2 tsp
Coriander powder1/2 tsp
Oil2 tablespoon
Mustard seeds1/2 tsp
Urad dhal1/2 tsp
Curry leavesa sprig


Procedure:
Step1:
Cut the bitter gourd into small pieces. Remove the middle part


Step2:
Add tamarind paste and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water and mix well


Step3:
Cook this is microwave oven with open bowl for 5 minutes


Step4:
Take this out and add turmeric powder and mix well and micro on high for another 5 minutes in open bowl


Step5:
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a fry pan and add msutard seeds.Once it starts spluttering add urad dhal and curry leaves


Step6:
Add the cooked vegetable and cook for 5 minutes


Step7:
Now add the chilli powder, coriander powder, hing, salt and jaggery and mix well. Cook for another 15 - 20 min

Note:
The bittergourd can also be cooked on stove top. Extract about 1 cup of tamarind water and add to the vegetable.Simmer this for 30 - 40 until all the moisture is absorbed. Continue from step 5
1/2 tsp of grated jaggery can also be added 

20 comments:

  1. nice recipe using bittergourd..looks delicious :)

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  2. Yum! Pavakka is my hubby's fave, and I cook it with lots of tamarind to take off the sour bite.

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  3. curry looks delicious .........

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  4. Nice spicy masaledar karela dish....
    Deepa
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  5. wow thats really healthy...very nice recipe.

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  6. wow. this is such a simple ad tasty subzi recipe. looks yumm

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  7. Nice recipe,love this veggie..perfect with rice.

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  8. luks tasty n healthy too.nice one.
    Maha

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  9. Delicious looking bittergourd curry.

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  11. really fantastic...................

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