Skip to main content

Pavakka Peera Pattichathu

Pavakka Peera Pattichathu

Here is a simple and delicious way to eat bitter gourd/pavakka. I know there are lots of people who hate this veggie due to its bitter taste. Believe me, this recipe will not disappoint you. The sweetness of coconut, the bitterness of pavakka and the tangy-ness of tamarind combined will make you love it. You can use either tamarind or kudampuli. My mom also uses the same recipe to make vegetables like kovakka/ivy gourd and plantains. Give this recipe a try..

Pavakka sliced- 3 cups
Pearl onions- 8-10
Coconut shredded - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Tamarind- a small ball
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Garlic- 3 pods
Green chilly- 4-5
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly- 2
Curry leaves - a few
salt to taste

Chop bitter gourd into thin slices. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when they splutter add dry red chilly and sliced bitter gourd, salt and turmeric. Stir fry this for about three minutes till the bitter gourd becomes slightly browned up.( if you like to use kudampuli, cover and cook till bitter gourd is soft)
Using a mixer crush coconut, green chilly, pearl onions,tamarind, ginger and garlic into a coarse mixture. Add this to the bitter gourd along with curry leaves and saute till the raw flavor of onions and garlic disappears .Serve this as side dish for rice.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. i love to eat bitter gourd n i loved this version of bitter gourd curry ...surely giv it a try sometimes !

  2. Luks Delicious......The bowl is superb.......

  3. Yumm bittergourd stirfry.Luks delicious in the click.Very healthy too.Luv it.

  4. Will definitely give a try to this deliciou stir fry..

  5. Njangalkkum ethu draftsil undu..Recipe is difft though..Valan pulikku pakaram manga annu njangalde avide use cheyyunne..

  6. Yummylicious bittergourd stir fry. Your version is interesting suja.

  7. healthy and delicious the preparation..

  8. A great new way to eat n cook karela :)

  9. It looks tempting..nice recipe!

  10. Yummy, healthy and delicious dish. Wonderful presentation.

  11. Yum yum...with the colour and coming there for dinner..hehe.

  12. I love karela in any form..more bitter more better. Your version looks superb.

  13. That's a great way to eat bitter gourd! Yummy...

  14. Very healthy and delicious dish..

  15. Nice recipe...and like your click too.

  16. Never had it, is it really bitter??


  17. Very healthy and delicious recipe, Yummy with rice:)

  18. Bookmarked. thnx for the recipe.was looking for this kind a long time..

  19. Dear u have an award waiting at my space Here goes the link

  20. interesting recipe of bitter gourd.. looks inviting !

  21. my mil was asking abt some bittergourd recipe sometime back .....will for sure share this recipe with her :) looks great !

  22. thats a tasty way to include these nutritous veggies in the menu...

  23. nannayittundu....... pls visit my blog and support a serious issue........

  24. hi Suja, you always have interesting recipes and such great varieties that i can always follow. thanks for sharing dear...yummy here

  25. Yummy bittergourd fry,looks very delicious.

  26. I never eats bitterguard,ut my hubby love it so much..but this looks good,even I feel like eating a spoonful :)


Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

Stuffed Pomfret With Green Masala- A Guest Post at Cooking-Varieties

I am extremely delighted and honored to be a guest at Wan's Cooking Varieties. When she asked me for a guest post I was so excited.She is one of my favorite foodie friends .She is very warm and friendly person and I love her blog. There is always a healthy edge in her cooking which is really inspiring.It has beautiful write-ups about food, health benefits and healthy eating habits.She has always shown genuine appreciation for other culture and culinary traditions. I am honored to be in your esteemed space.

Thanks Wan for this opportunity.

Recipe is  pomfret stuffed with a green masala and prawns filling...Hop over to Wan's place for the recipe..

Wan sent me this card with beautiful bouquet of roses,this made my day  :)
so sweet of you Wan..really appreciate this:)

Once again thanks Wan for this opportunity
Hope you will all enjoy..
Have a great day!


Kerala Chicken Roast

Spicy Kerala Chicken Roast is another nadan recipe and a family favorite. It is a dry version and is great accompaniment with rice, chapathi or fried rice.The chicken in this recipe is usually deep fried or shallow fried, (some times whole stuffed chicken ) and then coated with the masala. Here I have shallow fried the chicken.It  tasted delicious with fried rice. Give this recipe a try...

1)Chicken - 1 lb
 Chilly powder -1 1/2
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Powdered Garam masala-
(Two tsp of fennel powder, 5-6 cloves,2 inch stick
cinnamon, a small piece of nutmeg, 2 cardamon )
Vinegar- 1 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For the Masala
Thinly sliced Onion- 2 medium
Thinly sliced ginger- 3-4 tsp
Thinly sliced garlic- 3-4 tsp
Chopped green chilly- 2
( I used 2 Jalapeno pepper instead of green chilly)
Coriander powder- 3/4 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp(optional)
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Meat  Masala- 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp

Dry roast the ingredients under garam masala …

Meat Ball Curry/Kofta Curry

Meat Ball Curry/Kofta Curry
Today's recipe is a delicious meat ball/ kofta curry which goes well with rice, pulao or naan. If you want to try something different for dinner try this kofta curry. This is a great dish to serve when you have friends over for dinner. Kofta curry is definitely worth a try-juicy and tender meat balls are cooked in a  rich tangy mildly spiced tomato based gravy enriched with aromatic spices.

The first time I tried the kofta curry was in Delhi and it was creamy  rich curry with lots of fresh cream and the meat balls were cooked over charcoal for a smoky flavor. So if you want that authentic flavor try barbecuing the meatballs before adding to the gravy. I wanted to try my own version of kofta curry and added cashew nut paste instead of cream and my family enjoyed for dinner with vegetable pulao and naan .For a richer, creamier texture you can also add cream. You can use minced mutton of beef or even try a vegetarian version of this curry with mashed pota…

Nadan Mutton Curry

Nadan Mutton curry
If you wish for some spicy non vegetarian recipes here is one to relish on...nadan mutton curry made with authentic Kerala spices. What makes this dish flavorful and inviting is the flavor of fresh ground masala, coconut oil and the fresh taste of curry leaves.In this recipe I have also added  mint. I love adding fried mint in my home made mutton curry just like my mom( but it is optional). It is spicy and delicious and is a great combo with rice, ghee rice or appam


Mutton - 1 kg
Shallots sliced- 2 cups
Onion- 1 small
Coconut slices- a few
Green chilly-5-6
Ginger and garlic minced- 4-5 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 3 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala- 1 1/3 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp
pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
clove - 2
cinnamon stick- 1 small
Curry leaves- 1 spring
Mint leaves-a few
salt to taste

Cut mutton pieces into small cubes and marinate with pepper powder,salt, turmeric powder, fennel powder and a few curry leaves and set aside for h…

Vazhuthananga/Brinjal Mezhukkupuratti

Vazhuthananga/Brinjal Mezhukkupuratti
Quick and easy side dish for rice. Mezhukkupuratti is a spicy stir fry with vegetables,onions and spices. It is a common side dish served with rice in Kerala. You can make mezhukkupuratti with any vegetable like plantain, yard beans, yam or any other of your choice. This vegetable dish is also served in Onam/ Vishu Sadhya.Here I have used eggplant/ Brinjal.
Ingredients Eggplant- 2 (I used the Chinese long eggplant)
Pearl onions- 10-12
Garlic-1 pod
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder-1/2- 3/4 tsp ( adjust accordance to spice preference)
Pepper powder-a pinch
Curry leaves- 2 springs
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Coconut oil and salt to taste

Cut egg plant into one inch thick slice or into thin long slices.
Crush shallots, two curry leaves and garlic using a kitchen chopper or mortar and pestle.
Heat 2 tbs of coconut oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutters add curry leaves and the the crushed shallots and saute till the raw smell disapp…

Chemeen Masala Varattiyathu/ Pan roasted Prawns

Chemeen Varattiyathu is a popular sea food delicacy of Kerala. It is not fried prawns but gravy with is almost semi-dry. It is a great side dish for rice. It has the enticing flavors of garam masala and coconut oil and curry leaves. It is spicy, peppery and a bit tangy due to the use of   Kukum or kudampuli. You can instead add tomatoes or lemon juice. You can also add coconut pieces in the recipes and it gives a crunchy bites along with the prawns.

Prawns- 1 lb
Shallots chopped- 1 cup
Ginger and garlic paste- 2 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
fenugreek powder- 1/3 tsp
Kukum- 2-3 pieces 
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp (optional)
curry leaves
Coconut pieces( Optional)
Coconut oil

Clean and marinate prawns with salt, turmeric, pepper and fennel powder and keep it aside for fifteen minutes.
In a pan heat oil and saute shallots till lightly golden brown. Add in ginger garlic paste, curry leaves and saute for …

Broccoli Stir fry

Broccoli Stir fry with ginger and fennel powder tastes delicious and is a good side dish for rice. It is healthy veggie with its vibrant green color and distinct flavor.This is a very simple and quick stir fry but you will love the simple aroma of ginger and fennel combined.

Broccoli florets- 2 cup
Onion sliced- 1
Chopped ginger- 1 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder or flakes- 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
curry leaves
Oil - 2tsp
Salt  to taste

Sprinkle a few drops of water and microwave broccoli in high for two minutes till it is crisp tender.( or steam broccoli florets in  water till cooked but it should retain its color and crispness)
Heat oil in a pan and when mustard seeds splutter add ginger and curry leaves and saute for a minute till you get a nice aroma. Now add onions and saute for a minute and add chilly powder and fennel powder and a pinch of salt. Drop in the broccoli florets and toss till well coated, but not more than 30 to 40 seconds. You can also add sesame s…