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Pavakkai fry

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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves:2
Rated 5 based on 100 votes
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Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Deep-Fry Recipe
Difficulty: Easy

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Ingredients

  • 2 - pavakai/Bitter gourd/Karela (small)
  • 1 tsp - chilli powder
  • 1 tsp - cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp - curd/yogurt
  • For tempering:
  • 2-4 tbsp - oil (as per your choice)
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • Asafoetida, a pinch
  • Curry leaves, a few
  • Optional:
  • 1/2 tsp - coarse Urad Dal powder
  • 1/2 tsp - coarse Channa dal powder

How to Make

  • Wash and cut bitter gourd into thin slices with or without seeds.
  • This dish can be prepared in two different ways.
  • In the first method, marinate all the ingredients for 20-30 minutes. Then, add 1 tbsp oil in a pan, season it with mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  • Add the coarsely ground urad dal powder and channa dal powder, and fry it for a few seconds. Immediately add the marinated bitter gourd and, as you fry, add oil.
  • It needs to be fried well until it becomes a little crispy.
  • In the other method, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan, temper mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  • Add the coarsely ground urad dal powder and channa dal powder, fry for a few seconds, immediately add the sliced bitter gourd and saute for 1 minute.
  • Then, add the spices one by one and finally add curd/yogurt.
  • Curd also helps the spices to blend well with the bitter gourd.
  • Add oil as you fry. Fry for around 15-20 minutes to get a crisp side dish.
  • Adding curd/yogurt removes some bitterness and gives a great taste.
  • Recipe courtesy: Food for 7 Stages of Life