Bitter Gourd / Pavakka Mulakittathu


1 big pavakka/ kaipakka/ bitter gourd
2 green chillies, finely chopped
4-5 shallots, chopped
1 tomato, sliced
2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
tamarind- size of a lemon
2 sprigs curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
1- 1 1/2 tbsp oil


  1. Wash and cut bitter gourd into thin round slices. Soak tamarind in little water, extract its juice and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add chopped shallots, green chillies and bitter gourd and saute for few minutes till bitter gourd turns light brown.
  3. Add tomato sliced, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and cook by adding 1 cup water.
  4. When it is half cooked, add tamarind extract and mix well. Cook till done and remove from fire.
  5. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves. Pour this over the curry and serve hot with rice….


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