Monday, September 30, 2013

Pavakkai poriyal ~ Bitter gourd stir fry

My kiddo boy had  his quarterly leave for the past 2 weeks, which made me stay away from blogging. My boy suddenly got interested to learn cooking during this holidays. maybe it could be because of junior master chef. We both had fun time in kitchen, cutting veggies, cracking eggs, making half boils, etc. He tasted the food for salt and spiciness and gave a good verdict! did i tell you, he is very much interested in styling the food and clicking pictures.

pavakkai poriyal

Bitter gourd is one vegetable, which hubby buys quite often. i usually prepare pavakkai pitlai or pavakkai curry or fries with it. This stir fry recipe is so easy one and can be made without any fussy methods.

serves 2
prep time - 5 minutes
cooking time - under 15 minutes


Bitter Gourd - 2
Onion - 1
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Split urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Red chilly powder / Sambhar powder - 2 tsp's


Trim the head and tail of bitter gourd. wash and dry the vegetable. Slit the vegetable into two. hold it tight without separating. chop the bitter gourd into thin slices.

Heat a pan, add oil and heat it. then add mustard and urad dal, let the mustard burst. then add the finely chopped onion and saute till it turns translucent.

Now add Chilly powder and salt to taste. then add finely chopped bitter gourd and stir fry it for about 7-10 minutes in medium flame.

It it sticks to the pan add a bit of oil or sprinkle water. let the bitter gourd get cooked and coat well with the onions.
Garnish with corriander leaves and remove the stir fry to serving bowl.

Tastes good with Sambhar rice.

pavakka poriyal


Add more chilly powder as per your taste, as it balances the sourness of bitter gourd.


  1. Very colorful and delicious looking stir fry. makes it look so inviting.

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