Pavakka theeyal

A famous Kerala ( South India ) dish, made with Bitter gourd in a thick spicy coconut gravy.

2 bitter gourd cleaned and cubed
1/2 cup shallots/ kunju ulli ( or a medium size onion cubed)
2 tbsp tamarind juice (extracted)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp fenugreek powder
sat to taste

For grinding:
1 cup grated coconut
1 tsp chilly powder ( adjust accordingly)
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp whole pepper
1 red chilly
1 shallot

For tempering:
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 red chillies
few curry leaves

Heat a kadai adding 1 tbsp oil.
Add onions, bitter gourd, salt to taste and saute until half done.
Roast coconut and the others until brown and grind to a fine paste.
Now add the tamarind juice and 1/2 cup of water and cook, until the bitter gourd is done. ( add tamarind juice according to the bitterness of the bitter gourd).
Add the ground paste, turmeric, fenugreek pwdr and let boil for a few min.
Heat oil in a tempering kadai and pop mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves and transfer it to the dish.
Serve hot with rice...!!

Its Award time now, i would rather call it " awards time". Pinky of eshoboshoaahare has passed me on a shower of awards. I never ever thought i'll be getting on these 8 awards and that too in a short time. You made my day Pinky, thanks a ton :) !!!!

But, i would surely want to share my happiness with my other blogger friends too..

Maria of Marias Menu
Sarah Naveen of Vazhayila
Sangi of Simply Delicious
Sangeetha of Kothiyavunu
Mythreyi Dilip of Myerecipecorner
Tresa of Joy of Cooking


  1. Pics are awesome very tempting and yummy recipe....
    Thank you pari for nominating me for the lovely award.Very motivating.

  2. Sorry Pria, I misspelled your name in my last comment. Thank you pria.

  3. Theeyal looks so yumm!!!
    Congrats on the Award shower!! and thnx a bunch for thinking of me...
    I m down with a terrible cold...thats y i m not active these r u doing dear??

  4. 'read more' click cheyumpol recipe kanunnilla.
    I'm ready to eat pavakka in any form.i have tried pavakka-chena theeyal.
    Pic is xxxllnt!!!really tempting!
    Congrats on ur awards&tnx a ton for thinking of me dear.

  5. Hi Sangeetha, thank you for your lovely words, and happy that you accepted the awards!!
    Do visit again.

  6. Hi Sarah dear,
    Thanks a ton!! Keep Visiting

    the " read more " problem has been fixed :)
    Thanks dear... will talk to you soon :)

  7. Hello Pria, you have a great blog dear. Your recipes are unique and the photographs are excellent, it makes the recipe more inviting.

    Congrats on ur awards and thanks a lot for sharing with me dear, keep rocking:)

  8. HI Mythreyi..thanku for ur encouraging words.
    Do keep 'n touch dear :)

  9. Hi Pria,
    First time here. You have a lovely space. The dish looks awesome. must taste yummy. Visit my blog when you have a chance. Congratualtions on your awards!

  10. Hi raje, thanku for your lovey words.
    Keep visiting :)

  11. Wow the dish looks awesome.

    You have a very professionally designed blog. Looks too good. keep it going.

    Do take a look at my blogs when you find time.


  12. Very good curry... I liked it. Good design! Keep it up!

  13. thanks for stopping by at my blog.. happy to follow you.. you have an amazing colection.. glad to know you..


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