Sunday, October 3, 2010

Karela(Pavakka) fry /Stuffed bitter gourd

This one is a new dish for me and was told to me by my mother in law. She makes it once in a week. People who don't like bitter goud will start liking it. It has to be taken with plain rice.

Small bitter gourd – 2nos
Finely chopped onion – 1 cup
Sliced garlic and ginger – 1 ½ tsp
Curry leaves – a few
Crushed Fennel seeds – 1tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Chilly powder – 1tsp
Coriander powder – 1 ½ tsp
Garam masla – ¼ tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 6tsp
Thread for tying

How to prepare
=►Take small bitter gourd(2 ½ -3inch), make one side slit and remove seeds.

For stuffing
=►Heat 2tsp of oil in a pan, add fennel seeds and allow it to crack.
=►When it cracks add finely chopped ginger & garlic into it.
=►Sauté it well till the raw smell of garlic goes off.
=►Add finely chopped onion, salt and curry leaves and fry it well (golden brown).
=►Add turmeric, chilly, coriander and garam masala powder into it.
=►Stuff bitter gourd with cooked masala mixture.
=►Tie the bitter gourd tightly with a thread so that the masala doesnot comes out.
=►Heat 4tsp of oil in a pan, put stuffed bitter gourd into it and close it with lid.
=►Fry it on medium flame. Make sure to fry both the sides. Keeping it closed with a lid makes it easy to be cooked easily.

This participates in Vegetable Marathon - Bitter Gourd, hosted by Nithu and started by Silpa.


  1. This looks yummy.. I dont like bitter gourd so much but i am tempted to try this as it has some yummy stuffing inside. A very nice way to eat bitter gourd. Nice recipe.. thanks for sharing..

  2. very tempting pavakka...perfect clicks