Pavakkai Curry ~ South Indian Meal Dishes

>>  Friday, July 11, 2014

For the second day of South Indian Meal Dishes, I have yet another healthy vegetable that gets served as the side dish. Though something that I stay away from. Didn't I tell you that I don't eat bitter gourd? Well for all it's healthy etc, it's something I am yet to get friendly with. When you are not friendly with something, you really don't want to do much with it right?

So it happens that when I see that this is served, I only make a point to check out how it is done and make notes to replicate at home. Hubby dear happens to love this vegetable, I have always wondered how. Anyway each one to their fancy. If he likes, I will make it, only he shouldn't force me to eat. One will think that one would want to share such things. No, he is so fond that he doesn't mind not sharing. All good for me though!

Athamma also loves Karela, so I make different varieties with this vegetable just for the two of them. This version was told by Amma and hubby dear said it tastes good. If you are a karela lover, you will love it, is what he says!
Pavakkai Curry 

Ingredients Needed:

Bitter gourd - 2 medium / 2 cups
Onions - 1 medium
Tomato - 1 medium
Mustard Seeds, Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
curry leaves handful
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Tamarind extract - 2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp

How to make the bitter gourd curry

Wash and chop the bitter gourds as julienne.

Heat a pan with oil, add mustard, urad dal and curry leaves. Saute for couple of mins, then add the chopped onions, continue sauteing till the onions turn colour

Then add the chopped tomatoes, salt, turmeric. Mix well and simmer. Let the tomatoes get soft.

Next add the red chili powder, coriander powder. Combine all and sprinkle little water on it for the tomatoes to get very mushy. Now add bitter gourd pieces and saute well.

Let this get well mixed, now add the tamarind extract and continue boiling. Add 1/2 cup water and let it boil and then simmer so that the vegetable gets cooked and water is all evaporated.

Normally bitter gourd is either dry roasted or par boiled to remove excess bitterness. In this curry we have not done that as we are adding tamarind extract, which will balance the bitterness.

The curry is supposed to be dry saute with the masala clinging to the vegetable.

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vaishali sabnani July 11, 2014 at 6:04 AM  

well this is one of my fav got to peel the karelas..right?..will make it soon..must be yum with tamarind:)

Srivalli July 11, 2014 at 8:53 AM  

Vaishali We mostly don't peel the karelas too much, just scrap the outer skin lightly...if you notice hard, you will see the thick green outer skin

Nivedhanams Sowmya July 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM  

delicious curry!! very healthy too...

Priya Suresh July 11, 2014 at 1:33 PM  

Usually i chop them as small bites, may be i'll try with julienned ones, one of my fav curry.

Leena Chandrashekar July 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM  

Looks visit my blog dear..thanks

Suma Gandlur July 12, 2014 at 12:34 AM  

The same idea works in my home too. I too cook dishes which are not favorite of mine but no one can make me eat. :)
I am surprised that your bitter gourd preparation doesn't need any sweetener.

Sarita July 12, 2014 at 4:25 AM  

Your curries are too tempting... Yummy .

Srivalli July 12, 2014 at 7:00 AM  

Suma I don't remember either Amma or Athamma adding jaggary to our bittergourd, so even I never do. I can't say how different it might taste as I don't eat it. However my husband likes it bitter. So I guess he doesn't know the difference..:)

Sapana Behl July 13, 2014 at 4:16 AM  

Bitter gourd is my favorite too...loved your version !

Harini-Jaya R July 14, 2014 at 7:01 AM  

Hmm. I was also wondering why there is no jaggery in this curry :)

Sandhya Ramakrishnan July 14, 2014 at 6:56 PM  

I absolutely love pavakkai and in fact my whole family loves it. That is the reason we grow tons of pavakki in our backyard. We also add jaggery in our curry, but like you said if you like it bitter, then it alright to skip it.

Sreevalli E July 15, 2014 at 2:05 AM  

Very tempting curry.. For the fact I'm a fan of this veggie & I'm trying this dish.

Suja Ram July 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM  

Nice side-dish recipe. My husband too loves bitter gourd very much and so I do this style curry often.

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