Monday 4 November 2013

Bitter gourd Raita / Pavakkai Pachadi

An easy way to overcome the reluctance to eat Bitter Gourd!  We were once served this dish in our neighbors house and since then this became one of our favourite!

A simple and tasty way to include Bitter Gourd in our routine.


Bitter gourd - 2 (big)
Green chillies - 2 or 3 (finely chopped)
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Yogurt / curd - ¾ to 1 cup
Salt - to taste

For Seasoning:

Mustard seeds – ½ tsp 
Curry leaves - few 
Red chilly - 1 
Oil - for tempering 


Wash and peel the skin (don't peel the skin completely; take out only the outer thick layer).

Slit it into two and remove the seeds;  then chop into bite sized pieces and keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadai; add all the ingredients under "For Seasoning" one by one.

Once it crackles, add chopped green chillies and onion; fry till the onion becomes translucent.

Now add the chopped bitter gourd and salt.  Mix well and allow to cook in medium flame till it turns golden brown. Turn off the gas. 

Once it is cooled, add curd and mix well.

Serve as an accompaniment to any spicy gravy with rice.


  1. love bittergourd...But I haven't tried raita with bittergourd...looks creamy and yummy

  2. healthy raita,i too prepared it..soon will try to post it!!

  3. I love bittergourd Poornima.. And this looks extremely delicious.. Thanks for sharing :-)

  4. healthy pachadi.. looks yummy...

  5. Looks yummm... my mom also makes this....

  6. am a fan for bitter guard...kayappakkya means people will run but i would have them in your try of using this in raitha...

  7. Such a healthy raita, never tried raita with bittergourd. Looks wonderful.

  8. Wow..what a lovely try dear.Its taste bitter only but when mixed with curd..let me check out after trial.
    Shobas Delight

  9. Good... Healthy raita...

  10. Nvr heard of this raita.... Just loving it

  11. very nice idea to use bitter gourd raita.. like the idea, infact my husband dot eat much bittergourd. i can him in this way! :)

  12. Raita looks so colourfull. loved it any time.


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