Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pavakka varuthathu/bittergourd fry/karela fry

This is an Oh So Perfect Crunch for not so sunny days, when your house is shady and you a dazed and depressed one.  Of course, chewing on to coconut bits can make you a bit active and the wild combination of bitterness from gourdy gal and mild sweetness from coco guy – make you say, opposites do attract. When you bite into woody bits with oil oozing out with a turmeric tinge - wow! it is just so perfect. I have even seen fussy eaters going mad on this combo. Again, it is a nice way to introduce bittergourd to your kids diet. Try your luck ..........who knows next time you might end up loading your vegetable box with karela.

Pavakka/bittergourd/karela - 1
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coconut pieces/Thengakothu/kopra- 1/2 cup
Pearl onion - 1/4 cup
Green chillies - 3
Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Cut bittergourd into small pieces. Marinate bittergourd with turmeric powder and salt for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a pan, fry bittergourd and keep it aside. Now add coconut pieces to the remaining oil, fry and keep them aside. Fry pearl onions, curry leaves and green chillies. When pearl onions turn brown in color, add fried bittergourd and coconut pieces. Adjust salt according to your taste.


  1. such a tempting preparation, loved it dear...

  2. karela is my favorite veg. will try it soon this way.

  3. Such a healthy fry, even i love this dish very much.

  4. lovely clicks... even though i cannot stand pavakka... :(

  5. Ah, the bitter gourd! I wish I'd like them a wee bit more. THe dish looks very tempting:-)

  6. i love this veggie.. i always add potato with this veggie..

  7. Oh I love this Sabeena! Wish I could grab a handful off the screen:) Lovely pics.

  8. Very new dish to me. Love this veggie



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