Bitter gourd tamarind curry(Pavakkai puli Kolamabu)

Pavakkai curry, Bitter gourd curry, Pavakkai puli kolamabu


  • Bitter gourd(pavakkai)- 1/2 piece
  • Small onion- 8 to 10
  • Curry leaves- few
  • Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard and Urad dal- 1/4 tsp
  • Gingelly oil- 3 spoons
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Masala powder-3/4 spoon
  • Tamarind- a lemon size
  • Jaggery- 3/4 spoon
  • Salt- as required


  1. Soak the Tamarind for 15 mins. Squeeze out the juice from the Tamarind. You can add little fresh Water each time to extract the juice.
  2. Cut the Bitter gourd into round shapes.
  3. Heat Oil in a pan. Add Mustard seeds, Urad dal and Fenugreek seeds.
  4. Once it splutters add Onions and Curry leaves fry for a minute. Then add Bitter gourd fry till it turns into light brown.
  5. Add Turmeric powder, Masala powder and fry all the items in Oil till the raw smell goes.
  6. Then add Tamarind juice, Jaggery, Salt and add fresh water if required.
  7. Cook till the curry becomes thick.

Goes well with: Hot Rice and Papad.

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