Pavakka (Bitter gourd) Pitlai

Recipe Categories: Indian, Medicinal

Bitter Gourd – Lowers sugar levels and good for people with Diabetes.It also fights cancer and cures various infections.  It has antidotal, antipyretic tonic, appetizing,  antibilious and laxative properties.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Tamarind  Juice–150 to 200 ml
  • Toor dal – 5 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  • Chick peas – 4 tsp
  • Bittergourd – 2 nos
  • Grated Cocunut – 4 tsp
  • Oil – ½ tsp
  • Cocunut oil – 2 tsp
  • Mustered seeds – ½ tsp
  • Urad dal – ½ tsp
  • Hing
  • Salt – to taste
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprigs
  • Coriander leaves

TO GRIND:

  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – ½ tsp
  • Red chilies – 4 nos

PREPARATION:

  • Soak chick peas in water for 8 hours.
  • Take a kadai , add oil , add channa dal let this fry just before golden color,add urad dal, add coriander seeds and red chilies. After frying let it cool.
  • Add grated coconut and add the fried items, finely grind it in mixer/blender with small amount of water.
  • Chop the bittergourd in the round shape. Take a kadai add chopped bittergourd , ¼ cup of tamarind juice, ½ tsp of turmeric powder, ¼ tsp of salt. Let it cook until the bittergourd becomes tender. Then drain water.
  • In the pressure cooker cook the toor dal , turmeric powder and water.
  • Then pressure cook (3 whistles) the soaked (in water) chick peas separately .
  • Take a kadai pour the remaining tamarind juice, add cooked bittergourd , cooked  chick peas, salt , curry leaves and hing to make it a sambar.
  • Then add the ground product and mix it.
  • Smash the cooked toor dal and pour it in the sambar.
  • For Tempering : Add coconut oil/regular cooking oil, after the oil is heated add the mustered seeds, after its splutter add urad dal.
  • Garnish it with the coriander leaves.
  • Serve it hot with rice.

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