Saturday 1 March 2014

Spicy Bitter Gourd Poriyal (Pachadi) / Pavakkai Pachadi / Spicy Bitter Gourd Stir Fry

Though we know bitter gourd has many nutritional and medicinal properties; many of us hesitate  to consume because of the bitter taste.

Now a days i started to try different recipes to make this vegetable a tasty food and this is one among them.  Every body in my family loved this; try and give your feedback.


Bitter gourd - 2
Onion - 1
Garlic - 5 to 6 cloves
Ginger - 1" piece
Red chilli powder - ½ to 1 tsp
Tamarind - one small gooseberry size
Red chillies - 2
Jaggery - one small piece
Salt - to taste

For Seasoning:
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
Red chilies - 2
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


Pre - preparations:

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. 

Finely chop the onion, ginger and garlic; keep aside.

Soak the tamarind in ½ cup of water. Extract the juice and keep aside.


Heat oil in a kadai; season it with mustard seeds, red chillies and curry leaves.

Once it splutters; add  the chopped bitter gourd and saute for 5 minutes in a medium flame.
(Can sprinkle water it it sticks to the pan)

Add the finely chopped onion, ginger,  garlic, turmeric powder, red chili powder  to the bitter gourd ; mix well.

Add tamarind extract and jaggery to the bitter gourd mixture and mix well.
( add water if necessary)

Cover and cook in a medium till the bittergourd in cooked and till the mixture become thick in consistency.

Serve hot as a accompaniment to rice with sambar, rasam or curd; you can try it with chapathi as well.


You can adjust the tamarind, salt,  red chilli powder, jaggery amount according to your taste bud.


  1. my fav veg... nicely prepared..

  2. Super I try this recipes

  3. Super I try this recipes

  4. Tasty and yummy dear,,,,,!!!

  5. Easy to make yummy side dish. Healthy dish too.

  6. This pure basmati rice dish looks amazingly delicious! I love quick and easy recipe and I'm going to post about "Rice Dishes" very soon, I'll add this recipe to my collection, thanks for sharing:)


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