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December 15, 2009


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I always prepare pitlai with bitter gourd. For a change i wanted to try some varieties like bittergourd podi ,curry etc. At last I got the recipe for podi from a blog. Sorry friends ,i dont remember the blog name exactly.The dish was named as “Malathi chandur’s kakarakaya podi “..I did some changes according to our taste buds and tried. My hubby who hates Bittergourd likes to have this podi with plain rice.It doesn’t taste much bitter .Thanks to Mrs .Malathi chandur, a cookery expert & writer of many telugu novels for this yummy recipe.
Bitter gourd powder !!
Here comes the recipe :

Ingredients :
  • Bitter gourd – 1 no
  • Tamarind –a gooseberry size
  • Red chilly – 5-7 nos
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tbsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tbsp
  • Grated Coconut – 1 tsp
  • Big onion – 1 no ( small sized, finely chopped )
  • Asafetida /Hing – a pinch.
  • Salt – As needed
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
Method :
  • Chop the bitter gourd into very small pieces ( chop as small as possible ).
  • Add the required salt and mix well.Keep aside  for 30 mins and squeeze the water that comes out from the bitter gourd.(this helps to remove its bitterness. ). For people who like its bitter taste can keep it for just 10 mins and proceed further.
  • Take the tamarind and pinch into very small pieces.In a kadai, dry roast the tamarind pieces till it becomes dry.  Remove in a plate.
  • Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in the same kadai and saute the chopped onion till transparent. Add grated coconut, mix well and switch off the flame. Grind to a dry coarse powder adding roasted tamarind without adding water. Remove in a plate. 
  • In the same kadai ( no need to add oil), roast urad dal , channa dal , coriander seeds along with red chillies and hing. Cool and powder it fine or coarsely. Keep it seperately. 
  • Add 1.5 tbsp of oil in the kadai and saute the finely chopped bitter gourd pieces till it gets cooked.
  • Once its cooked add the coarse ground powder and the coconut mixture to it. Mix well and check for salt.
Yummy podi is ready to be mixed with plain rice topped by sesame oil.
Bittergourd podi
Note :
Here i have coarse ground everything.If u wish u can grind it to a fine powder.

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  1. I can trust u and try this podi in recent future :)

  2. Wow....never heard of this podi....looks delicious!

  3. Its new to meeee...Sounds great and delicious......

  4. Thanku all dearies :)Do try this and let me know ..

  5. Podi looks spicy and sounds so good with rice...thanks for sharing this healthy podi :)

  6. Nice podi,i too have my version will post it soon.Yummy with rice.

  7. Never tasted this podi...thanx for sharing...

  8. Never tried this podi with bittergourd Chitra... will surely try it sometime. Looks yummy

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  10. Very new to me....looks good...thanks for sharing.

  11. New pudi to me as well, like all the nutritional benefits it has.Nice pictures.

  12. Wow completely a new podi to me..looks too great!

  13. oh this is so new to me,,am going to try it tday...

  14. Podi with bittergroud...OMG looks so tempting and my fav...will try out:)my iddly podi is over perhaps I should make urs :DDd

  15. Quiet a different podi! Should be good enough with hot rice!

  16. This is a very unique bitter gourd podi to me! I have not been a fan of bitter gourd but my husband loves it.. I make bitter gourd recipes just for him... as you say this one is not very bitter may be this is the first bitter gourd we both would like!

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  17. I just love this podi...Mom makes it in a different way to store it for around 6 months..will post my version soon.yummy podi..

  18. Sounds & looks yum! Very tasty with piping hot rice or ghanji...(Rice with its starch)

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  19. Interesting podi..Glad i have found another way to cook bittergourd. Liked the texture of the dish.

  20. Thanks for droppin by. Loved the podi recipe and going to try today as I have stock of bg. You have a lovely space and easy recipes. Following you :):):):)


  21. Very nice..yummy! Thanks for visiting out site..

  22. this is new to me...thanks for the informative post!

  23. Unique podi!!My hubby being a great fan of Bittergourd would love this for sure :)

  24. First time i heard about this podi,want to try,Taste must be good

  25. I would have never thought of bitter gourd in a podi, looks yum and inviting !

  26. wow......chita another good recipe from u dear...thanks for sharing.

  27. thats new recipe to me... i guess it will taste yummy...

  28. Even I make pitlai and curry with bitter gourd... this podi sounds interesting though... have bookmarked it!

  29. Ladies... Gentlemen, Can I make a request...

    Please comment after you have tried the recipe... In that case it is valid and is helpful...

    Else, it actually adds no value except boosting egos...

  30. Interesting recipe. Never heard of this one. Bitter gourd is a favourite, but not too many like it. I can imagine how it would be with hot rice and a little groundnut oil.


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