Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pavaykka or Bitter Gourd Thoran

Serves : 4

Bitter Gourd  : 3
Red Onion Thinly Chopped : 1
Green Chilies : 4
Grated Coconut : 1/2 cup
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
Salt : To taste
Olive Oil : 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds : 1/4 tsp
Shallots thinly sliced : 3
Curry Leaves : A few



  1. Clean and finely chop the bitter gourds. Mix it with salt and   turmeric and set aside for few minutes.
  2. Finely chop the onions, green chilies, and shallots.
  3. In a pan add the oil, splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves,shallots till it browns. Stir in chopped onions,green chilies and sautĂ© for a couple minutes. Add the grated pavaykka  mixture. Heat on medium for first few minutes and reduce it to medium low. Check the salt.
  4. Add coconut half way through, mix and slowly cook  uncovered till it looks dry. (No need to add water at any time. If it burns the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with some water, low heat should do the magic).
  5. Serve with rice and raw banana mango charu curry, and stir fry chicken.

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