Friday, January 27, 2012

Pavakka Achar (Bitter Gourd Pickle)


Pavakka (Bitter gourd)– 2 no. medium size

Garlic pods, chopped – 5-7 nos.

Ginger finely chopped – 2-3 tbsp.

Green chilli, chopped – 2-4 nos.

Mustard seed – 1 tsp.

Hing – a pinch

Fenugreek seed – ¼ tsp.

Tamarind juice – 7-10 tbsp.

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp.

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 bsp

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Jaggery powder – 3-4 tsp


·       Clean bitter gourd, scoop out seeds and cut into small pieces. Keep it aside.

·       Heat oil in a pan add mustard seed, when start to spluttering add garlic, ginger, green chilli, fenugreek seed and sauté till garlic become lightly brown.
·       Add hing,curry leves and chopped cut pavakka,salt and sauté till pavakka is little brown,it will take 20 minutes.Add more oil if want.
·       Then add turmeric powder,chilli powder into this pavakka mixture.And mix well and sauté for 2 minutes.Take care,put heat on low flame, otherwise powder will burn.
·       Then add tamarind juice,jaggery powder and mix well.

·       Switch off flame when it became desired consistency.
Serve with rice,roti…

Sending this to  kerala Kitchen 


  1. Looks healthy and packed with flavor. I don't know "bitter gourds." Sounds fascinating!

  2. Thanks for stopping by at my space.
    Achar looks delicious. Do link it to the Kerala Kitchen event happening at my space.

  3. This looks yumm, haven't triied pavakkai with ginger and garlic..

  4. Looks different. Nice one thanks for sharing. Following u

  5. Pickle looks so yum. Can never guess to be bitter gourd

  6. Never had pavaka pickle before, looks very tempting.

  7. YUm yum, achar with bittergourd makes me simply drool..

  8. This is truly yummy..:) Loved the flavours..Bitter gourd is my fav and what a wonderful way to prepare it..


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