Bitter Gourd Pickle |Pavakai Thokku

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Bringing one more recipe straight from my Granny inventions… yup u read it right .. Bitter Gourd Pickle.. But how does it taste?? Bitter , Sour ?? Guys its Sweet,Hot,Tangy and just yummy…
Let me tell u a little instance what inspired me to make this lovely pickle…
Way back during my India trip , I was looking for a pickle to go for Curd Rice. My mum prompted me to get a little pickle bottle from the fridge and asked me to try it.. I tried a bit and said ..yumm mango pickle…. Later she said.. with a big smile 🙂 Tis Bitter gourd pickle..!!

Am sure u will enjooy it… ! It goes well with just plain rice , curd rice or dosa / idli… anything:)

Total Time : 50 min – 1 hr

INGREDIENTS:

Bitter Gourd ( Pavakai)Medium sized 3 Nos
TamarindCricket ball sized
JaggerySame quantity as the tamarind
Salt 2 Tsp
Turmeric1.5 Tsp
Chilli Powder3 Tsp
Sesame oil/Gingelly Oil4-5 Laddles

For Tempering:

Chana Dal /Kadala Parup 1/2 Tsp
Mustard Seeds1/2 Tsp
Methi Seeds /Mendiyam1/2 Tsp

For Powder :

Chana Dal /Kadala Parup1 Tsp
 Dried Red Chilli/Molaga vettal2 Nos
Coriander seeds1 Tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 Tsp
Urd Dal/Ultam Parup1/2 Tsp

DIRECTIONS:

  • Chop Bitter gourd into small pieces and steam it in cooker with a bit of salt and 1/2 tsp Turmeric for 1 whistle. Turn of the gas and keep it aside.
  • Soak Tamarind in 150-175 ml of warm water and keep it aside.Now put it in the blender to get a tangy puree. Pass it thro the frying spatula’s sieve to remove any seeds or strings left over from the tamarind.
  • Heat oil in a deep bottom pan and add all the tempering ingredients.Once Mustard Seeds Splutter , add the collected tamarind puree and jaggery.( Remember to break the jaggery into small pieces before adding it. This will speedy up the process.)
  • Once all the jaggery is melted and blended into the tamarind puree ,add the cooked bittergourd pieces.
  • Add chilli powder , remaining turmeric powder & salt along with 1.5 cups of water.
  • Cook the whole mixture in a low flame until we get a jelly like consistency.Stir in regular intervals inorder to avoid catching at the bottom of the pan.Turn of the gas and keep it aside to cool down.
  • Saute all the ingredients under powder until light brown and grind them to rava size. Add this powder to the Mixture prepared above and stir it well.
  • Transfer this pickle to an airtight container and keep it refrigerated . We can retain it as long as the pickle lasts. I bet you won’t keep it for long 🙂

KITCHEN NOTES:

Use just Sesame Oil. I have used Idhayam’s . Patty ( Granny ) had made a special mention to use this oil.
Urd dal in the powder ingredients leaves a lovely aroma to the pickle.

Cheers

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Comments (45)

  • wow Sandhya this pickle makes me drool looks so tempting and inviting to have with thair sadam.

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  • Beautiful picture and great pickle.. I love home made pickles.

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  • What an interesting pickle.Sounds delicious.

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  • Great pictures! I love bitter gourd a lot…but it's not easy to find them here.

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  • Wow..My hubby being a great fan of bitter gourd would love this for sure :)looks tangy & very tempting sandhya..lovely presentation..:)

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  • Pickle looks mouth-watering! I am sure it taste divine with Yogurt rice and Onion-Sambhar!

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  • Lovely click and a yummy pickle. Haven't tasted pavakai pickle yet though remember having heard about it a long time ago.

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  • Beautiful pics of pickle..looks delicious..new for me!!

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  • Wow.. Sandhya, I love homemade pickles, bitter-gourd pickle is very new to me..sounds yummy.

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  • lovely pictures of the pickle.I am a big fan of pavakkai,but never tasted this delicious pickle.
    "cricket ball sized"tamarind-hahaha new text

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  • Dear sandhya
    How are you? Such a nice recipe ..I cant imagine this can be made…and Karela in all form is my favourite…I will trell some one to make it
    Have a nice weekend

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  • Lovely pickle..Nothing beats the home made one..Also I can't agree more with your Patty. Sesame oil is the best ,in this kind of pickles 🙂

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  • Oh wow i love bittergourd pickle this looks really tempting .. I have bookmarked to try it.

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  • I have not heard about bitter gaurd pickle. Ur pic us really tempting. Will give it a try . Beautiful picture dear

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  • This would b a gr8 treat for karela lovers…looks yumm

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  • Sounds totally new!!

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  • this pickle looks so yummyy..too good..

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  • Bitter gourd pickle sounds interesting and healthy too!!!

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  • Pickle with bitter gourd? sounds interesting and different.

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  • This is new to me, very very tasty looking pickle. Sure to try soon.

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  • Love this wonderful vegetable and your recipe is to-die-for pavakkai-lovers like me!!! the pics are too much to resist as well!

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  • Luv this pickle…Nice pics and presentation dear…

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  • Wow!!! I love homemade pickles and have always had home made pickles only… your pics are awesome and the pickle looks really tempting!

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  • never made this thokku..looks too good..will try it soon..

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  • Very interesting pickle with bittergourd Sandhya…I am definitely going to try this 🙂

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  • Hey first time here.. and the pickle looks amazing.. my hubby hates bitterguard may be I could make him eat with this 🙂 !!Following you..

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  • wow if without the picture you have produced this recipe I would have said nay but you got me drooling here with that delish pickle pic. a must try.

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  • I never knew we can prepare this … will surely try this one !

    Btw lovely pics 🙂

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  • lovely recipe.. a must try..first time here..lovely blog with beautiful clicks…

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  • Hii Sandhya.. i found your blog thru another blogger..woww yaar.. i dont knwo have enough words to say what awesome blog u got.. :)… nice to know u and ur recipes and definitely following u :).. do visit my blog too when u get time 🙂 http://neetzkitchen.blogspot.com/

    I would love u to share ur thoughts and comments on mine :)..

    Luv
    Neethu

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  • Never knew we could make pickle from bittergourd..sounds very flavorful!

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  • Wow , i want to try this one . My mom makes a awesome pavaka curry somewhat like this but it does not have a long shelf life.

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  • tempting pickle, u put jaggery also..interesting..

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  • Wow…. My fav recipe.. looks very delicious.. First time here.. wonderful blog.. 🙂

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  • Thokku with pavakkai looks so tempting dear. Sure its healthy too. Very cute snap..

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  • I just came across your blog and I am so glad I did! This looks fabulous!

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  • Looks wonderful…very interesting recipe, picture looks awesome:)

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  • Dear sandhya
    How are you?
    remember , you wanted to know that simple bengali potato curry recipe? I will send you someday , in the mean time try this one from our blog friend Didibhai'w kitchen. I am sure it will be close to your calcutta exp

    http://gouriguhas.blogspot.com/2010/03/robibarer-porota-aar-aloo-tarkarir.html

    have a nice weekend

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  • Nice one Sandhya mouth watering pickle dear..
    Looks delicious ..
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  • I love this pickles, looks awesome Sandhya…but never tried making out yet at home, thanks for sharing dear.

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  • The first picture is really a killer,looks very tempting,I am not big fan of BG except in pickled forms,i recently started liking in this form 😉

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  • The first picture is a killer,very tempting! I am not a big fan of BG except in pickled form,i recently started liking in this way 🙂

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  • Hi sandhya,how r u doing?sorry couldnt visit your lovely blog from few days,but will surely come here on…pics of pickle is really tempting and a unique one in pickles, never heard bittergourd being used in it,very interesting one…have a great weekend,do keep in touch…take care

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  • A good way to suppress the bitterness, thks for the recipe!

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  • following you on google reader to keep track of ur beautiful food creations:)))

    thnx for visiting my space, my friend!

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