Pavvaka /Bitter Gourd Curry

A simple bitter gourd curry which is quick to prepare and goes well with rice or roti. Bitter is one taste that we all lack in our diets and is very important to include when ever possible.

Pavvaka/Bitter Gourd - 1 cup ,slit into four and sliced thin
Green Chilli - 2 , slit into half
Curry Leaves - a few 
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind Pulp - 1 tsp
Jaggery Powder - 1 tsp
Water - 1 1 /2
Salt to taste

For tempering

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Pearl Onion - a few , chopped fine
Curry Leaves - a few
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Fenugreek Powder - 1/4 tsp
Hing Powder - 1/4 tsp
  1. Add bitter gourd , green chili , curry leaf, salt , turmeric, tamarind , jaggery and water in a sauce pan.
  2. Cook till the bitter gourd slices are fork tender and then get ready for tempering.
  3. Heat oil in a pan , add mustard and let it pop.
  4. Add curry leaves and onion and cook till onion is golden.
  5. Add hing , red chili, coriander powder and cook for a few seconds .
  6. And pour over the cooked bitter gourd and simmer for 3- 5 minutes.
  7. Finally add the fenugreek powder and remove from fire.
  8. And you are ready to serve.


  1. Never tried this way...looks yum ....shall try this

  2. simple and yumm. Love bitter gourd and surely want my kids too to love it. So true that we need to include this in our diet. Will try this for sure.

  3. Pakarkai Curry luks so delicious.Luv it dear.Its healthy too.

  4. hey my huby's fav...we add roasted coconut to this and make a paste with the spices......

  5. Yummy curry with pavakka,adding jaggery is a nice idea! Wemake pavakka theeyal with roasted coconut paste..
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  6. nice gravy with bittergourd. sounds interesting

  7. Love bitter gourd,tempting gravy..perfect with rice

  8. nice variation 2 d usual one...

  9. Wat a wonderful looking delicious curry, yummy..

  10. looks delicious and tempting dear :)

  11. spicy and delicious curry..Perfect with hot rice.

  12. never tried this type .... will try this delicious & healthy curry ..... glad to follow u ..........

  13. Love that tangy flavor....looks delectable....

  14. Excellent combo with rice ....

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  15. Slurp!! Pavakkai curry looks fingerlicking good!!

    I have tried the Aloo ke Kofte from your blog and have posted about it. Check it out @

    Thanks for the lovely recipe. Really enjoyed making it and eating it. :)