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Pavakka Theeyal | Bitter Gourd in roasted coconut gravy


1 large bitter gourd,seeded and sliced
1/4 cup shallots,sliced
2 green chillies,sliced
3-4 tbsp tamarind juice (depends)
3 tsp coconut oil
salt,as required

To roast & grind

3/4 cup grated coconut
1 tsp chilly powder
1.5 tsp coriander powder

To Temper

1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 sprig curry leaves


Roast the grated coconut in a frying pan till light brown.Reduce the heat and add the powders.Now slowly mix and roast this without burning till the raw smell goes off.Remove from fire and grind this to a fine paste adding required water (1/4 – 1/2 cup ) once it is cool.In a thick bottomed curry pot heat oil and roast the sliced bitter gourd in medium heat till light brown stirring in between.Once it start changing colour,add the sliced shallots and green chillies.Mix well and roast till shallots turn light brown.Now mix the tamarind juice in the ground coconut paste and pour it to the bitter gourd mixture.Add more water if needed.The water level should be little above the mixture.Add salt and bring this to boil.Once boiled,reduce the heat and simmer till oil clears on top and curry get thicker.Check the seasoning and add salt or tamarind as required.Switch off the stove and keep.Heat oil another pan and splutter mustard seeds and curry leaves.Pour it over the curry and enjoy with rice !


4 comments on “Pavakka Theeyal | Bitter Gourd in roasted coconut gravy

  1. remya sean
    September 4, 2014

    looks so yummy …


  2. Hasna Hamza Layin
    September 4, 2014

    something new fr me.. bookmarked this .. love pavakka in any form


  3. Rafeeda AR
    September 4, 2014

    looks really so good… I am not a fan of paavakka, but seeing the recipes around, I would love to try my hand on it…


  4. Suja Manoj
    November 3, 2014

    My favorite,looks yummy


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