Bitter Gourd Recipe | Pavakkai Pitlai | Recipe In Tamil | Gowri Samayalarai

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Bitter Gourd Recipe is made using small or tiny bitter gourds and tur dal with the flavour of tamarind.


Small or Tiny Bitter Gourds - 200 g

Tur dal - 1/4 cup cooked and mashed to pulp

Tamrind pulp from Amla size tamarind

Kuzhambu powder - 3 spoon

Grated coconut - 3 Tbspn

Curry leaves

Oil - 5 Tbspn

Mustard seeds, asafoetida,


First grind the grated coconut with curry leaves to a fine paste. Add the tamarind pulp to a cooker and then add the kuzhambu powder. Add the rock salt to the tamarind water and allow it to boil for 4 to 5 mins. Now other side heat a pan with 2 spoon of oil and fry the bitter gourds slightly. Add little turmeric powder to the bitter gourds. Fry it for 4 to 5 mins.

Once the bitter gourd is fried 3/4th then add the tamarind water to the bitter gourds. Now add the smashed tur dal and the grinded coconut paste to the curry. Mix well and add water according the required consistency. While boiling add jaggery (Optional). Allow it to boil and other side heat gingelly oil 2 spoon and saute the mustard seeds, asafoetida, red chilies and curry leaves. Then add the sauteed to the kulambu. Mix it well, now the bitter gourd pitlai is ready.

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