Pavakka Mezkuvarrati/ Karela Fry / Sauteed Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon is a medicinal vegetable used in South East Asian cooking . Its very good for controlling blood sugar so very good for  diabetic people. In India people drink bitter melon juice every day empty stomach to keep blood sugar level in control. As the same suggests it is bitter in taste but very earthy in flavor. Everyone hates it as a kid and grown up loves it  .This is my moms recipes and its so simple and quick and  love it with chappati and rice.

Bitter Gourd / Karela  Sliced - 2 cups , Slit into half , remove the seeds and slice thin
Onion -  1/2 cup , sliced  thin
Hot Green Chilli - 5 , slit into half
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice - 2 tsp

  1. Wash and slit the bitter gourd into half , remove the seeds and slice thin.
  2. Add salt  , turmeric  and lemon juice to the sliced gourd and mix well.
  3. Keep it aside for an hour or overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Heat oil and add the sliced onion , slit green chilli and bitter gourd.
  5. Cook on medium heat  for 15- 20 minutes keep mixing now and then.
  6. And serve with rice or chappati.


  1. hey Nisha....luved ur recipe...great goin... :)

  2. My fav mezhukkuvaratty..perfect with rice

  3. Perfect with yogurt and rice..I love pavvaka...

  4. Very tempting bittergourd fry..

  5. Excellent looking Stir Fry. Very nicely complimented by rice.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. My hubby fav...anything with pavakka..he loves it..ur dish looks tempting nisha..:)

  7. We make this fry at least once in a week..yummm

  8. never saw karela fry this much tempting ...yummy

  9. Lovely stirfry!! Would love to have it with rice..Me and my hubby are big fans of karela especially karela fry and theeyal..

  10. Nisha, this looks very interesting.I've not had good luck in the past with bitter melon, but I'm willing to give it another try. This looks like a lovely dish. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary