Pavakkai Poriyal / Bitter Gourd Curry

Recipe Categories: Indian, Medicinal

Want to have a Pavakkai/Bitter Gourd recipe that isn’t bitter and tasty for kids? Read on to learn more.

Pavakkai / Bitter Gourd Curry


  • Pavakkai / Bitter gourd – 2 nos (Medium size)
  • Moong dal – 2 tbsp
  • Grated coconut – 4 tbsp
  • Tamarind extract – 3 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Grated jaggery – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Hing – 2 pinch
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustered seeds – ½ tsp
  • Urad dal – ½ tsp
  • Red chilies – 2 nos (Break in to 2 pieces)
  • Curry leaves – few


  • Remove the seeds from the Pavakkai / Bitter gourd and cut into small pieces and wash it.
  • Soak the moong dal for 1 hour. And then drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Cook the Pavakkai / Bitter gourd in the cooker with tamarid extract, turmeric powder, little salt and enough water(so as to cook)  for 2 – 3 whistles. Make sure Pavakkai / Bitter gourd doesn’t get mushy.It must tender. When it cools, drains all the water and keeps it aside.
  • Take a kadai, heat the oil add the mustered seeds. After it splutters add the urad dal, red chilies, curry leaves and hing. Mix it well. Now add the cooked Pavakkai / Bitter gourd, drained moong dal, grated coconut and salt and stir it well.
  • Finally add the grated jaggery and mix it well. Let it cook for 1 minute and switch off the stove.
  • Serve it hot with rice or as a side dish.


  • Instead of cooking the Pavakkai/Bitter Gourd in the cooker, you can use a heavy bottom pan/kadai. When using this approach, you can cook the Moong Dal  along with it (no need to soak it before).

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  1. Posted by Mrs. Alvina Job Reply

    This is an interesting recepie which i will try today itself.

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