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Pavakka Kichadi ! (Bitter Gourd in curd-coconut sauce)

Kichadi is a side dish we prepare in Kerala,especially for sadya (the fabulous meal during festivals).This is a tempting curry with a creamy texture of curd and coconut.But what makes it unique is the raw pungent mustard flavour.I love such mild flavoured curries so much that left overs will be my special dips during snacks.Come on,these are little pleasures of life,enjoy.And yes,keep healthy.Here is the recipe for this simple dish.


1 heaped cup of bitter gourd,cleaned & chopped
3 green chillies,slitted lengthwise
few curry leaves
coconut oil
To grind into fine paste
1 cup grated coconut
3/4 to 1 cup curd
1/4 tsp mustard 
To temper
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 dry chilly
1 sprig curry leaf

Heat oil in a medium skillet and dry fry the cleaned bitter gourd followed by green chillies and curry leaves.Add  salt to this and mix well.Keep it aside.

Meanwhile grind the ingredients except mustard to a fine paste.Add the mustard seeds just before you finish grinding.We only need to crush the mustard seeds.Pour this ground paste to the fried bitter gourd mix and combine everything well.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadai and splutter mustard seeds,dry chilly and curry leaves.Add the bitter gourd mixture to this and mix well.Turn off the heat.Check salt.Serve as a side dish with rice.


13 comments on “Pavakka Kichadi ! (Bitter Gourd in curd-coconut sauce)

  1. Priya
    September 29, 2011

    Wat a healthy,delicious kichadi, lovely dish.;


  2. alpana
    September 29, 2011

    G loves karela…..he will freak out on this one.
    Thanks for sharing.


  3. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal
    September 29, 2011

    wow, that is such a different recipe, looks very nice.


  4. R
    September 29, 2011

    had never heard of this recipe before, looks really yummy.


  5. Kalyani's Platter
    September 30, 2011

    bitter gourd kichadi looks delicious and very interesting !!!!!


  6. Jay
    September 30, 2011

    haven't tried this…pic makes me droooooool…
    Tasty Appetite


  7. Suja
    September 30, 2011

    Delicious pachadi,my favorite way to cook pavakka..drooling here


  8. julie
    September 30, 2011

    Delicious and tempting pachadi..I always loved this when mom used to cook !!


  9. aipi
    September 30, 2011

    I am so loving this recipe , bitter gourd is my fav n I can't wait to try this 🙂


  10. Sobha Shyam
    September 30, 2011

    kichadi looks so delicious..love the pavakka with yogurt..one of my fav..


  11. Insignia
    October 1, 2011

    Wow! This should be a good recipe. The sour will balance the bitter 🙂


  12. anilkurup
    October 1, 2011

    Makes me long for the Pavakka kichadi mom makes.


  13. Very healthy bittergourd recipe – a yumm dish luks Delicious as well.Pls visit my space when U r free dear.


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This entry was posted on September 29, 2011 by in kerala food, Sadya (സദ്യ), veg curry.


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