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June 24, 2010


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bitter gourd pitlai
I learnt this from my MIL.I love this pitlai a lot.I make this at least once in a week. My hubby hates BG but he eats this gravy .Tastes the best when mixed with plain rice topped with ghee.It tastes more like arachuvitta sambar with the bitterness of pavakkai.Adding jaggerys & sauting bitter gourd in oil before cooking or soaking bittergourd in curd for sometime reduces the bitterness a bit but we like to have it as such.Lets see how to make this bitter gourd pavakkai recipe below.

Bitter gourd pitlai recipe<

Bitter gourd pitlai recipe< Bitter gourd pitlai recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Kuzhambu
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


  • Bitter gourd - 1 no ( medium sized)
  • Moong dal - 1.5 tbsp
  • Tamarind - A big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt & water – As required
  • Grated coconut –2 tbsp
  • Urad dal – 2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds –3 tsp
  • Hing – 2 –3 pinches
  • Jaggery – a small berry size
  • Coriander leaves – a few to garnish.
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - a few

    • Soak the tamarind in water for 10 mins in hot water and extract the juice.
    • In a cooker vessel, take the tamarind juice, sliced bitter gourd pieces,moong dal, Sambar powder,salt & required water. Cook till one whistle.
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    • In the mean time , heat a kadai with a tsp of oil .Roast the coriander seeds ,  urad dal with 2 pinches of hing. Grind the roasted items with grated coconut to make a coarse powder.
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    • Once the BG is cooked , add the roasted ,ground powder and jaggery to it.Allow it to boil for sometime. Do the tempering and add.
    • Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy mixing with plain rice and ghee.
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    Enjoy !

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  1. i too love this pitlai...nice click

  2. New recipe with BG for me and its looks gud :)...I have tried ur pepper kulambu...will post soon :) it was yum

  3. மிகவும் அருமையாக இருக்கின்றது...எங்க அம்மாவும் இதனை இப்படி தான் செய்யவாங்க....சூப்பராக இருக்கும்....பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றி

  4. I have copied down the many benefits of the bittergourd...I will stick it up on my fridge door...and point to it whenever there is a complain about cooking bittergourd:)
    The pitlai looks delicious.

  5. love this recipe. the pitali looks so creamy.

  6. Never tasted pitlai, heard of it...thanks for this recipe dear. I am reading the health benefits of BG again and again to memorize:)

  7. Had this bittergourd pitlai long back, urs looks great and prefect always the health benefits everytime when u post ur dishes, very informative and useful for many of us..

  8. love Bitter gourd, but never made this dish before. Looking delicious !

  9. Thank you for the useful information

  10. THANKS MY DEAR FRIENDS..@PRITI, thanks for trying pepper kulambu.Iam glad u liked it..@lataraja mam, Even i was saying my hubby abt the benefits of BG after posting this :) Do stick this on ur fridge :)

  11. Liked your creamy preparation of bittergourd. I need to show this post to my hubby who is not fond of karela for it's health benefits

    Hamaree Rasoi

  12. I must admit that I dont like karelas but after seeing this I feel like trying it :-)

  13. So delicious and rich curry!

  14. delicious and very healthy one.. nice color the curry got

  15. I am so glad that I like bittergourd. Those are some great health benefits.

  16. We use bittergourd/bittermelon in Filipino recipes, although it's cooked so that much of the bitterness is removed. I've tried making a dish with it once before but have to admit that the flavor was too overwhelming. However, this looks so savory, I'd love to have a taste of it!

  17. The pitlai looks delicious, I loved that you used mung dhal in this !

  18. Oh this looks awesome and delicious dear:)

  19. I love the pitlai too.. MY very fav veggie is BG.. Looks sooooo yummy and tempted chitra..


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