Sunday, September 6, 2009

Pavakka / Bitter gourd Theeyal

  1. Bitter gourd - 2 cut into pieces.
  2. Grated coconut - 1.5 cups .
  3. Coriander powder- 1tbsp
  4. garlic - 2 cloves finely chopped
  5. chilly powder - 1 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder a pinch.
  7. pepper corns - 1/2 tsp.
  8. Tamarind - large gooseberry sized ball.
  9. Jaggery - 2 tsp grated
  10. Oil - 2 tsp to fry the coconut in.
cook the bitter gourd with Onion and green chillies adding a little water and some tamarind
and keep it aside.

In a non stick pan add the grated coconut and oil , the whole peppercorns and a bit of
finely chopped garlic and stir fry until the coconut is well browned.When it is dark brown
reduce the heat and add all the powders and stir for 2 minutes.
Grind this fried coconut mixture into a fine paste without water.The oil in the coconut will
help grind to a thick paste.If you add water the colour of the curry becomes light .
Add the ground mix to the cooked Bitter gourd .Add in the tamarind juice and grated jaggery to taste and bring to a simmer .

Cover and keep on low flame for 10 minutes ,until you see the oil float on top of the curry.

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