Friday, October 26, 2007

Pavakkai Theeyal

Pavakkai (in Tamil) or Karela (in Hindi) or Karathe (in Konkani) is one of my favourite vegetables!! I know lot of you will be thinking such a bitter vegetable, but i guess its an acquired taste & once you like it you'll really like it!! I make quite a few dishes from this vegetable & this recipe is from my cousins wife.


Pavakkai - 2
Onion - 2
Tamarind - 1 small lemon size (soak in water)
Coconut - 5 tbspns
Corriander seeds - 2 tsps
Meethi seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red Chillies - 4 or acc to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp

Method :

1. Cut the Pavakkai into thin round slices. Apply salt & set aside for 10 mts.

2. In a pan add just the coconut & fry till its brown in color. Then fry the dhania, red chillies & meethi with a drop of oil. Grind all these 4 to a fine paste along with tamarind.

3. Now add oil in a pan & add finely sliced onions & saute till golden brown.

4. Deep fry the salted Pavakkai & set aside. Fry till its crispy & well done.

5. Add the ground masala to the sauted onions & add the fried pavakkai too. Add salt, sugar & very little water & bring to a good boil.

Serve this hot. Its yummy & goes well with rice & dhal!


bee said...

thanks for dropping by, seema. bittergourd is my fav veggie too.

DEEPA said...

wow!! seema ...i have noted it ..i am going to prepare it soon will surely let you know ...

Seema said...

Bee - Thanks for stopping at my blog. I am new to this Blogging world :-) Nice to know you like Karele too!!

Deepa - Do try it out & let me know.

Unknown said...

Hey i tried it out its very different and tasty.U know Pavakka is favourite for everybody at home and now this Dish is on the top.My mom who does not eat Pavakka at all tasted it and said its very different and nice.Thank You for this recipe.Keep it up

Seema said...

Gayathri - Thaxs for comments. Glad u tried it out & liked. Yes something different from routine cooking!!