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July 7, 2015

Pavakkai Fry | Pavakkai Poriyal With Coconut - Bitter Gourd Stir Fry Recipe

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Pavakkai fry
I learnt this Pavakkai poriyal recipe from my MIL. Recently when I went to Salem, she made this stir fry recipe using the bitter gourd that was grown in our backyard. It was very tasty with a very mild bitterness. I loved it a lot. 

I have shared so many bitter gourd recipes like bitter gourd biryani, crispy karela fry , pavakkai pitlai, Bitter gourd rasam and Andhra podi recipes so far. But its been my long time wish to post a Pavakkai poriyal with coconut / Bitter gourd fry recipe in my blog. I am happy that it happened today. 

It’s a very simple and easy Tamil nadu style one pot stir fry recipe that can be made directly in a pressure cooker. This pavakkai fry is a good side dish for sambar rice. Diabetic people, please skip the coconut and try this recipe. I am sure it will taste good. Lets see how to make this yummy, healthy pavakkai fry recipe for rice !

Bitter gourd fry/Pavakkai Poriyal

Bitter gourd fry/Pavakkai Poriyal Bitter gourd fry/Pavakkai Poriyal - A good and healthy side dish for rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Bitter gourd - 2 nos
  • Moong dal - 2 tbsp
  • Tamarind – a big gooseberry size
  • Jaggery – 2 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1.5-2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/8 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
To season
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Asafetida/Hing - a big pinch
  • Big onion - 1 no ( optional)
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Wash and chop the bitter gourd into small cubes as shown in the picture.soak tamarind in enough water and take the extract using 3/4 cup of water.
Pavakkai fry

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and saute the bittergourd pieces till its color changes to dark green. Add some salt for quick sauting. Add the tamarind extract, moong dal, sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt and jaggery to the cooker. Mix well and cook for 2 whistles in medium flame.
Pavakkai fry
Pavakkai fry

  • Remove the lid after the steam is released and boil the excess water if any.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and when it gets heated, splutter the mustard seeds, urad dal, big onions and curry leaves. Once the onions are sauteed, add the cooked bitter gourd mixture. Mix well. Check for taste and add salt, sambar powder if needed. 
  • Once it becomes dry, add the grated coconut and mix well.
Pavakkai fry

Serve with sambar or rasam ! Tastes yum !
Enjoy !

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Shobha said...

I love pavakkai poriyal.. and such nice and tender ones I can see in the picture.

Unknown said...

yumm... so tempting and delicious..

Chitra said...

Thank you Shoba, Sowmya :)