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Friday, July 19, 2013

Pavakkai Poriyal | Bitter gourd Stir Fry

Pavakkai / Bitter gourd has lot of medicinal properties. But because of its bitter taste most of them do not like this vegetable. But I love this vegetable. Today I am posting a simple stir fry made with it. I came across this recipe from my friend Priya's site. I have prepared this so many times now and I really love this simple poriyal. 
Pavakkai Poriyal
Recipe Source: Cook like Priya

What are the ingredients needed?

Pavakkai/ Bitter gourd, 3 nos
Onion, 1 large
Green chillies, 2 nos
Oil, 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds, 1/4 teaspoon
Curry leaves, 1 sprig
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon.
Chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder, 1 teaspoon
Sugar, 1/4 teaspoon
Salt, as needed
Bitter gourd Stir Fry

How it is made?
  1. Cut the pavakkai, scoop out the seeds and dice them.
  2. Then soak them in salted water for  at least 10 minutes. This is done to reduce the bitterness from the pavakkai.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet, add mustard seeds and when they crack add onions, curry leaves and green chillies and fry for a minute or two.
  4. Then drain the pavakkai, squeeze excess water  and add it to the pan and then add turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder along with sugar and required salt and mix well.
  5. Cook in low flame, stirring in regular intervals till it is completely cooked.
  6. Serve it warm along with rice.
It serves 4 person.

  • Adjust chilli and chilli powder according to your heat tolerance.
  • Instead of adding chilli powder and coriander powder, you can add sambar powder too.
  • Priya has added amchoor powder to the poriyal. I tried adding about 1/2 teaspoon and I loved it. 


  1. Though i don't like bittergourd, i think this is a simple and easy recipe. My family loves it, so i will definitely try. Thanks for the recipe :)

  2. Love your pavakkai poriyal.. Nice clicks..

  3. i love to hc bittergourd...looks perfect...lovely presentation

  4. Love the subtle green backdrop! May i know what that is? And i add jaggery to this Divya for a nice flavor. Bittergourd is not everyone s fancy but i can eat it like this

  5. I too did almost a very similar recipe on my space today.. Yummy clicks here :)

  6. Lovely stir fry, love to have with curd rice

  7. delicious fry and always my favorite veggie

  8. its my favorite too, looks delicious.

  9. simply loved this healthy poriyal!!

  10. lovely healthy and yummy pavakkai, super clicks Divya

  11. So happy to see this recipe up on your site Divs :) looks so inviting, great clicks too. been a while since I made them. Thank u so much for the mention da :) I feel so happy and even more happy to know that its you favorite now :) Hugs

  12. My favorite of favorite....this poriyal reminds me my time i have lunch with dad....we complete the whole kadai in time simply mixing it with steamed rice and with some poondu pickle....missing those...its so good to see that yummy dish(i will say not for everyone as its bitter) on your blog so well presented

  13. my favorite poriyal too..love it with sambar sadham :) looks too good n inviting...nice clicks da!

  14. Love your pavakkai poriyal.. Nice clicks..

  15. Sabroso y muy completo me encanta una exquisitez,saludos y abrazos.

  16. I love bittergourd and this looks so good.

  17. I love this bitter gourd poriyal :) looks so very inviting and delicious :) lovely clicks too :)

  18. like the green presentation :) i love to add potato with karela.. tempting da..

  19. Hi Divya,
    I tried this pavakkai poriyal. I love this poriyal :) I hate pavakkai till yesterday :) :)
    Adding more onnions reduce the bitterness a bit and soaking the bitter gourd in salt water really helped :)


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