February 28, 2014

Pavakkai Masala Varuval / Bittergourd Masala Fry

This is a super healthy and delicious side for those who loves bitter gourd. First time when I heard the name of this recipe  from my mom , it sounded different as I never used coconut masala in bittergourd fry. But really this pairs wonderfully with rice items like sambar/rasam/curd rice. As you all know this veggie is loaded with vitamins , minerals and anti oxidants and is so good for diabetes . We enjoyed this dish thoroughly . Try this Masala Bittergourd Fry and let me know how it turned out for you.

Pavakkai Varuval


Bitter gourd – 2 , sliced thinly

Turmeric powder / Manjal thool – 1/4 tsp

Onion – 1 tbsp , chopped

Oil – 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

To Grind

Coconut – 1 & 1/2 tbsp , grated

Fennel seeds / Sombu - 1 tsp

Garlic pod – 1 big sized 0r 2-3 small sized

Dry red chillies – 4

To Temper

Mustard seeds / Kadugu – 1/2 tsp

Urad dal / Uluntham paruppu – 1/2 tsp

Fennel seeds / Sombu – 1/2 tsp


Take the needed items ready  to grind .

Transfer it to a blender and Grind to a coarse paste.

Slice bitter gourd thinly  (remove the seeds or let it be if you like ). Grab the needed ingredients.

Heat a tbsp oil in a kadai and add the sliced bittergourd and sauté them for 8-10 mins or till slight colour change ( take care not to burn the veggies ). And transfer the veggies to a plate and set it aside.

Now in the same kadai heat another tbsp oil and add the tempering agents and wait till mustard seeds splutter.

Add in chopped onion and fry for a min.

Add the grounded masala and fry for another 2 mins.

Now throw in the sauted veggies and make it nicely coat with the masala.

Add turmeric powder and required salt and mix well.

Pour in 1/2 cup water and allow the veggies to cook till tender( will take 5-8 mins) and fry till there is no moisture and switch off the flame .

Now serve this delicious side with sambar rice / rasam rise / curd rice.

Bitter gourd Fry

Notes :

  • Slice the veggies and  wash it well and immerse them in salt water for 10 mins . This will reduce the bitterness .
  • Grind the masala to a coarse paste (not a fine paste).
  • If you like your fry to be a bit more spicy then add chilli powder . The red chillies added give enough spiciness to the fry , so add chilli powder as per your taste.
  • Try to slice the veggies evenly.
  • Frying them initially makes them cook faster and reduces the bitterness too.
  • You can try the similar method with vegetables like brinjal or cauliflower or drumstick or with potatoes too .

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Beulah said...

This looks so flavorful!

Unknown said...

Wow very tempting and delicious pavaikkai masala fry !!looks yummy !!

Priya said...

this looks yummy fry...

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious ....

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Unknown said...

Yummy and tasty fry :)

Amelia said...

Hi Tamilarasi, your bitter gourd masala look very delicious. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe.

Have a great day.

Unknown said...

How to kootu in pavakkai

Unknown said...

Hi how prepare salad with pavakkai and mango

Unknown said...

How to kootu in pavakkai

Unknown said...

@divya ss

You can do kootu wth pavakkai like normal kootu... First cook the veg with salt,turmeric & chilli powder till tender... And add some mashed toordal to it...followed by grated coconut & finally temper it... it will be bitter...
You can also make puli kootu ... u can use raw mango instead of puli...
Will post these recipes soon in my blog...

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