Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pavakkai Poriyal / Bitter gourd Stir fry


  • Bittergourd - 4
  • Onion - 1
  • Mustard seeds - a pinch
  • Urud dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Red Chillies - 2
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Little water (optional)


  • Wash and cut bitter gourd and onion in to small pieces.
  • In a kadai, add 1 tsp oil, and when hot add mustard seeds, urud dal and fry till urud dal becoms light brown.

  • Add onion, red chillies and curry leaves.

  • When onion becomes translucent, add the bitter gourd and start frying it.

  • After 5min, sprinkle little water. (Do not add more). Add required salt to taste.
  • Add another 1 tsp oil, fry and add turmeric powder and close the kadai with a lid.

  • Stir the bitter gourd, in 2 minutes interval and take care not to over fry it.
  • Check whether the bitter gourd are cooked, by smashing one piece in hand.

  • When cooked, switch off, and serve it as a side dish for Rasam Rice or Sambar rice.

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25 lovely comments:


yummy stir sons fav.


i like to add potato with bitter-gourd.. like your version :)

Priya Suresh

Quick and my kind of poriyal,i'll have happily with a bowl of rice.


U make bitter gourd look good, delicious n tempting :))

Suja Manoj

Love this veggie,look superb,nice clicks

Menaga Sathia

பாவக்காய் சமைத்து ரொம்ப நாளாகிவிட்டது,பொரியல் நல்லாருக்கு..


It has been ages since I had pavvakkai the last.. This looks so tempting and delicious..

Divya's Culinary Journey

Kannada Cuisine

One of my fovorite vegetables :)


Delicious poriyal!!
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Reshmi Mahesh

Yummy poriyal with bitter melon..


I've tried it once, and it was deliciously cooked by my Grandma. She added more turmeric and chili powder to make it a bit spicy. It was great! Btw, how many servings can it make?

Srividhya Ravikumar

yummy stir it.

Vimitha Durai

My hubbys favorite... Nice stir fry


love it with sambar..i too do the same way...


Yummy and healthy curry.

Vidya Chandrahas

Looks yumm...interesting one...shall try this version.

Mina Joshi

Looks delicious. Love your detailed explanations.


My fav veggie, yummm

Nandinis food

Very healthy and perfect stir fry!!


Akila, I love bittergourd too! This looks delish!

Chef Mireille

your photos look so amazing and appetizing....too bad I don't like bitter gourd


Looks SO yummy!

Srividhya Venkat

When to add salt? No mention of the same


Have mentioned... Thanks..

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