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Pavakka Mathura Curry/ Sweet Bitter gourd Curry

Pavakka or bitter gourd is a vegetable known for its nutritious value and medicinal properties. This is a vegetable which many like and dislike at the same time. I felt this is more an adult vegetable as children have shown aversion to eat. Strangely I loved this while I was a kid and still passionate in trying different recipes with this vegetable. This is a no fuss recipe and has a sweet and sour taste. Basically it is similar to Kerala theeyal but tastes somewhat like puli inji (pickle) both made with tamarind.  Adding tamarind  gives this dish the taste of a sweet an sour chutney which children might love. Try this easy recipe. It goes well with rice.

Bitter gourd- 3 
Shallots chopped- 1/2 cup
coconut- 1/2 cup
Ginger- 1 inch
fenugreek seeds- 1 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder  - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
tamarind- small lemon sized ball
Jaggery- 3-4 tsp
Thick coconut milk- 1/3 cup
Curry leaves- 2spring
mustard - 1/2 tsp
Dry Red Chilly- 2
Salt to taste.

Roast coconut, fenugreek and curry leaves till browned up. Make a fine powder of this and set aside.
Chop bitter gourd into thin slices and stir fry them (using very little oil) till it is also browned up and set aside. In the same pan crackle mustard seeds, and drop in red chilly and curry leaves and fry them a bit and add ginger and saute a bit.
Add shallots, salt and turmeric and saute till golden brown.
Now add the bitter gourd, chilly and coriander and finally tamarind pulp and 1/2 cup of water and allow it simmer. Mix in the thick coconut milk and adjust consistency.Just one minute before switching off the flame add the roasted coconut powder and jaggery. Serve hot with rice and buttermilk curry.

Try this...

This dish goes to Padmajha and Sunith's  event Think Spice- Think Tamarind Event.

Hope you will all enjoy


  1. Looks delicious...adding jaggery is new for me...

  2. Lovely recipe, will surely try this when i buy bittergourd..

  3. Beautiful color and looks delicious dear....

  4. .suja pavakka mathura curry looks so delicious nice pic too.
    pavakka is my hus favorite dish.its very common in our menu.but i doesn't like that bitter taste. .sure i will try this one. because of the sweetness i can also eat it.thanks for the recipe..good one yarr..loved it

  5. i liked this one...would tate great with roti

  6. the curry rocks..looks so invitiong and decicious...lovely pics..we make this sweet sour and spicy...

  7. Curry looks lovely and delicious.

  8. Looks gr8 and perfect. Children will definitely love it. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe :)

  9. This curry looks great Suja...must be very tasty...I am going to try this :)

  10. Curry looks awesome Suja, yummy dish..

  11. wow!pavakka curry luks very delicious n tempting Suja!luv pavakka in any form

  12. Lovely pic.. wonderful colour..

  13. This is a new dish to me..I will surely try this sometime since me and my hubby are big fans of pavakka..Great recipe!!

  14. Curry looks so yummy and nice pics!!

  15. I love pavakka, this is sucha delicious recipe, totally interesting...count me in:)

  16. hey, thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment at my karela...that dish is very new to me...will try this out...looks delicious...gr8 recipe! Thanks for sharing the care!

  17. Thanks dear friends for stopping by and sweet comments.

  18. First time here:)Love the pavakka curry..Looks spicy and sure it wil be an easy way to eat pavakka

  19. nice recipe will try definitely

  20. looks awesome. thanks for sharing this recipe!

  21. this is lovely...normally i make dry curry with pavakka...loved all your authentic recipes...very happy to follow you...will be back soon to check out more recipes!

  22. Paavakkai is our family favorite.Will try this version too.Thanks for sending it across to the event

  23. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments and encouraging visit again.

  24. Love pavakka..this one is good


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