Masala Pagarkai / Bitter gourd / Karela

Bitter gourd / Karela / Pavakkai is a low calorie vegetable with numerous health benefits particularly, it lowers blood glucose level, also helps in digestion. The bitterness of these karela makes kids and even adults turn away from it. Here is a flavorful recipe that makes people who hate bitterness to ask for an extra serving. ;-) You can even make your naughty kids love bitter gourd.

Masala Bitter gourd pavakkai pagarkai karela

Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 30 min
Serves : 2

  1. Bitter Gourd / Karela / Pavakkai - 4 or 5 medium sized - sliced
  2. Onion - 1 medium sized - finely chopped
  3. Tomato - 2 big sized - finely chopped
  4. Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
  5. Sugar - 1 pinch
  6. Oil - 2 tbsp
  7. Salt to taste

Dry Masala:
  1. Coconut - 3 tbsp
  2. Red chili - 3 (As per your taste of spicy)
  3. Sombu / Fennel Seeds - 1 tbsp

  1. Wash bitter gourd and cut them into slices (circle shaped pieces). Heat a shallow frying pan with oil. When it is hot arrange the sliced bitter gourd in the oil and allow it to fry. When it turns golden brown on one side, turn to other side and fry. 
  2. Once all the bitter gourd slices turns golden brown, sprinkle salt, sugar and turmeric powder. Mix them well. Now add the chopped onion and saute until it becomes soft and golden brown. Then add chopped tomato and saute for another 2-3 min. 
  3. Meanwhile in a blender, put all the ingredients given in dry masala section and grind them into a coarse mixture. Add the dry coarse masala powder to bittergourd. Give a good stir until all are mixed well. Serve.