Friday, March 6, 2009

Very Small Bitter Melon Pitlai

I read in a Siddha Medicine Book, that these very small bitter gourd's are good than the big one's. In Pazhamudhir Cholai, i spotted these small bitter gourd packet's. after buying it, I could'nt think beyond the pitlai recipe, as it was so tender.

Bitter Gourd small

The Pitlai Recipe is of my Grand Mother's. I love the freshly grounded spice in the tuvar dal along with the bittery taste. If you are bored of trying sambhar's, you can give this a shot once a while.

About Bitter Melon's:

It's Very much Good for the Diabetic's, as it lower's the sugar level in the blood.
It's not good, when you consume if you have Kidney Stone Problem.
It's not Good to consume while you are Pregnant or Nursing your Baby.

Bitter Gourd Pitlai 1


Small Bitter Melon's-20
Tuvar dal-1/4 cup [Boiled and Mashed]
Tamarind-of a small lemon size

Roast the Below and Grind them into a Coarse Paste

Oil-1 tsp
Urad dal-1 tsp
Chana dal-1 tsp
Pepper-1 tsp
Dry Red chilli-3
Cumin-1 tsp
Corriander Seed's-1tsp
Coconut grated-5 tsp's

For Tadka:

Asafoetida powder-a pinch
Mustard-1/4 tsp
Split Urad Dal-1/4 tsp
Curry leaves-6
Coriander Leaves-2tsp [to Garnish]


First cut the Bitter Melon's into thin round slices and boil them in adequate water. after it is cooked, Add the Grinded paste to it and mix well. Now add the Tuvar Dal and a pinch of turmeric powder and mix well. add tamarind water and let it boil. add salt to taste. Now do Talippu/Tadka and pour over it before switching off the flame.

Bitter Gourd Pitlai 2

It tasted the same as the big one's. we liked the small thin slices in the dal. give a try when u find some of these..

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  1. The first pic is beautiful

  2. They look so cute and the curryl looks yumm.

  3. Wow, that looks awesome, thanks for sharing such a beautiful and healthy dish!

  4. Tasty pitlai Lavi! The pict are droolworthy!

  5. ooh, mouth-watering pitlai! looks so good.

  6. My mother in law goes to the Pazhamudir Cholai too! :) And the dish looks so good. Surely will try!

  7. Bittergourd pitlai is very often made in our home..I don't touch it as I hate bittergourd.But your pitlai make me drool..The pictures are awesome..esp the first one :)

  8. Looks too good and very good presentation gal.

  9. Oh my gosh, lovely pavakkai, its called nerry/merry pavakkai in Tamil, right!! Lavi, the presentaion is breath it. I miss those yummy vegetables here!:(

    Thanks for those lovely words at my blog, dear.It sure means a lot to me. Thanks for reading my Tamil blog too.

    Coming to the point! Take highway from Chennai towards North Arcot...aim for 'Karevipakkam town'/ see the bill board/ anyone will help you. At kaveripakkam...ask someone driving directions for 'Thiruparkadal Sri Ranganathar Kovil'...its a old and beutiful temple,...everyone gets goosebumps seeing at the deity, amazing it is! Gurukkal has an amazing voice, very sweet person...everyone knows him/thats how in the village, right. It should be 20 minutes from 'Karevipakkam'. I am glad to know that your son's name is Ranganathan too!!

  10. my husband loves bitter melon..the gravy looks yum

  11. U do have a lovely blog, n this curyy looks so nice. gr8 pictures n nice description..

  12. Thank you for stopping by have a wonderful space here...Lovely pitlai and great presentation...good job.

  13. you already take such pretty pics :) do share or send link of the ones you edited with the tips on my site!

  14. Bitter gourd pitlai is absolutely a big favorite in our home. Looks lovely, Lavi-- great pictures.


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