Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Bitter gourd curry / Pavakai Kuzhambu

The ugly and bitter taste green vegetable scares many of us. The bitter taste sticks in your tongue for hours and everything taken along taste bitter gourd. It rules the whole meal!

Tips to remove the bitterness: Cut the vegetable and boil in salted water and drain it. Or Sprinkle some salt to the cut vegetable and soak it for an hour. Squeeze out the water or wash with tap water.

I skip these two methods. Personally I feel, by removing the bitterness, the vegetable may loose any health benefit and I simply love the bitter taste.
The bitter gourd curry/Kuzhambu made with tamarind and coconut. The tanginess cuts the bitterness. This curry (Pavakai Kuzhambu) is pretty popular among Tamilian and it is my version of enjoy it with plain rice.

Bittergourd gravy

Ingredients:

Bitter gourd: 2 or 3 oblongs (slice it )
Tamarind: 2 tsp of paste mixed into ¼ cup of water.
Onion: ½ diced
Curry leaves: few
Garlic: 6 cloves
Jaggery: a small piece (optional)
Oil: 1 tsp
Salt: according ur taste

Masala: to be grind into paste
Pearl onion:
5 or 6
Coconut: 3 to 4 tbsp
Red chillis: 5 num
Coriander seeds: 1 tsp

Tempering:
Mustard:
½ tsp
Fenugreek: ½ tsp

Method:
Heat oil add the seasoning, once it starts to split add the onion, curry leaves and garlic and fry until translucent. Add the bitter gourd and fry until they turn soft and brown.
Add the ground masala and tamarind juice, adjust the salt and reduce the flame. The gravy should be thickening in 10 or 15 min. If you want to add Jaggery you can add it and switch off the stove.
The curry can be enjoyed with plain rice.

Note: If u don't like the tangy taste reduce the amount of tamarind and add the jaggery.

My bitter taste curry has been prepared to delight Pooja who picked Bitter gourd for VOW event.



42 comments:

Dhivya said...

my mom used to make this:))looks so yumm!love the picture dear!!!

Cham said...

Hum Dhiv, Glad my dish reminds ur mom's cooking Dear.

Divya Vikram said...

Looks spicy and delicious cham..Great that u like the bitterness of paavakai

Dhivya said...

cham....LA pakamm eppo vareenga nu date um menu um koduthudunga:)asathidalam....hope u already visited universal studios..if not try to come:))my hubby is working in Universal only...

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

oh, thanx so much for another karela recipe!! Naveen loves karela and hez gonna enjoy this...

Cham said...

Dhiv: Nan sept 07 4 naal disney land vanden , LA niraiya murai vanduvittain, Ningal SFO varungal en vittuku! Nanum ungalukku virundu vekkiren.
Ramya: definetly the tangy taste he might like it.

Uma said...

you're all superfast in participating in the events. I have to hurry up too. the curry looks simply delicious, Cham. Nice entry.

Madhavi said...

Hey..this dish looks yummm :))

Homecooked said...

Wow....looks good!! Great pic!

easycrafts said...

You rock...never even thought or heard of kuzhambu with pavakaai

Seena said...

Yummy with rice.. :)

Pooja said...

Such a nice entry Cham. Just now I come to know that there is o many different versions to make bitter gourd curry. and the picture is classic. really , I just loved it. Hugs to you for such a nice presentation too :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is so healthy...
Nice tips to remove the bitterness from the pavakai....Nice recipe...

Kalai said...

Wonderful curry, Cham! Would love to have this right now! :)

ANJALI J. said...

Hey this is a good recipe, looks nice too.
And yes Cham you are right. i added jaggery to dry chutney powder to balance the tanginess. It give the chutney powder a sweet and sour taste :)

mitr_bayarea said...

Cham-

I use pavakai occasionally, like it more than my husband does. The gooness comes from the bitter taste, but, I mix jaggery with hot water and sprinkle over the cooked pavakai to give it a sweetish flavor.

Richa said...

i agree with you, retaining the originl taste of karela makes sense! liked the coconut gravy :)

Rupa said...

Cham,
Lovely curry..Great tips too..but i like it bitter..Nice entry

Medhaa said...

I cant eat bitter gourd, There is only one way i eat it but that too just the gravy most of the time

Madhuram said...

My grandmother and mother cook a slightly different version of this called Pavakkai Pitlai. They don't add pearl onions while grinding the masala but add some cooked chick peas.

Meera said...

Delicious!!

kamala said...

Cham,my favourite kuzhambu...looks delicious.Could u pls send me

Lavi said...

curry looks great cham..jaggery should have lifted the taste isnt it?

sandhya said...

curry looks delicious cham-cham:) nice tips for removing the bitterness....

Hima said...

The colour of the curry is so tempting cham. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

Pravs said...

Love bitter gourd and this is a different recipe to try for me.Lovely pic !

Cham said...

Uma: Thanks, u got to hurry up dear, not at the last minute, just kidding...
Madhavi: Thanks Madhavi
Homecooked: Thanks
easycraft:Kuzhambu is pretty known in TN, especially with tamarind
Seena:great with rice, u ve my taste.
Pooja:There re plenty of ways to make this veg, i will wait until the last date and post another one if none came up with that recipe, Pooja.
Sukanya:Thanks, yes it has many health benefits this veg
Kalai:U r welcome at any time dear
Anjali.J: Thanks 4 clearing
Mitr.Bay: I am the one who love the veg, u r right, the bitter is better...
Richa:Thanks - so i am right.
Rupa:Thanks
Medhaa:Got to make this tangy gravy the veg will be tasty 2 :)
Madhu: Pavakai pitlai is different, we add Dhal! u r right.
Meera:thanks
Kamala:sure send me ur address
Lavi:Jaggery is usually balance the tanginess Lavi
Suganya:So sweet u r to call me Cham-Cham may be charming Cham??? Thank u Sandu
Hima: U r welcome,thanks

sowmya said...

love bittergourd in any form..kuzhumbu is a nice idea..

Mythily said...

I love paavakai...

Jayashree said...

Tangy, spicy and yum....

Saswati said...

Wonderful recipe...when we were small our mom used to forcefully make us eat bittergourd but today with the health benefits galore i wolf it down to stay healthy:)

Archy said...

Nice entry Dhivya.. My mom makes with some modification.. I love this bitter.. hot.. tangy.. Curry !!

Archy said...

sorry dear.. I wrote dhivya instead of ur name.. As i visited her blog.. :) !! sorry !! Do make changes !!

ANJALI J. said...

HI CHAM, GOOD TO SEE UR COMMENT ON MY BLOG AFTER SO MANY DAYS:)THANKS!

PERSONALLY I DONT LIKE BITTER GOURD.I ALWAYS RAN AWAY FROM IT WHEN MY MOM MADE THIS. UR RECIPE LOOKS DELICIOUS. I NEVER THOUGHT BITTER GOURD LOOKS SO GOOD :D

Roopa said...

Nice version of bittergourd curry:) I love bitterguord curry and crisps :)

Cooking Station said...

Loved your BG recipe Cham. You had a query about RCI-Kashmir event on my blog. It was started for Indian women in Singapore club, but you also can participate. But this month we are making Punjabi dishes. So if you have any on your blog or u wanna send a new entry you are welcome. The dateline is 30April. I will be anouncing it as a separate post again.

Revathi said...

Cham
Completely agree on removing the bitterness part. The bitterness is ther for a reason
And the kuzhambu is waking up my taste buds at this time. Its almost 10:40 PM now !!!

Laavanya said...

I love bittergourd.. that looks delicious Cham... i would devour that with rice.

Vaishali said...

Amazing recipe, Cham. I love bitter gourd and am always looking for new recipes, so thanks for posting this!

Rina said...

Cham, I love this to the core..Bitter gourd is my fav vegie...I've not made this type of gravy with it...so bookmarked to make it next time.. BTW curry looks yummy

Cham said...

Glad to know many of us like the bitter taste :) Thank you once again for ur valuable comments

Madhu said...

Hi Cham,
Tried this kozhambu today and it was very good.... i was always wanting to try out new recipes with bitter gourd :) and this one is perfect!! Thanks once again!