Friday, May 27, 2011

BitterGourd in Roasted Coconut Gravy ( Pakarkai Theeyal)


  • BitterGourd / Pakarkai - 2 medium sized
  • Onion - 1 big
  • Tomato -1 big
  • Green chillies -2
  • Oil
  • Curry Leaves - a spring

To Roast and Grind:-
  • Raw rice- 1tsp
  • Urad dal -1 tsp
  • Coconut -1 cup
  • Red Chillies - 10 or 12
  • Cumin seeds - 1tsp
  • Corinader seeds -3 tsp
  • Peppercorns - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - a spring
  • Shallots-3 or 4 /onion - 2 small pieces
  • Tamarind - a Gooseberry size

  1. Julien Bittergourd and Onion thinly. Chop the tomatoes. Slit the G.Chillies.
  2. In a pan add oil and add raw rice ad dal and fry till it becomes brown ,then add coconut and all the ingrediants given under  roast and grind..and fry till the coconut becomes dark brown..stir continously through out the process making sure the coconut is roasted evenly and not burnt..
  3. Once it is roasted to a dark brown color ,let it cool and grind it to a smooth paste and keep it aside...
  4. In another pan heat oil and add onion ,G.chillies ,curry leaves ,bittergourd and saute for few mins..
  5. Cook covered till bittergourd is completely cooked (it will not take long as we have sliced the bittergourd thinly)..
  6. Once it is done add tomatoes and saute for few more mins and then add the roasted coconut paste ,salt and water and cook covered for 5 mins and cook uncovered in low flame for 10 to 15 this stage the curry will get a rich brown color.
This gravy will not be don't be afraid to try this out....


Biny Anoop said...

yes chitra i used a food did u know dat....theeyal is hubby's fav

Priya said...

Anything with bittergourd is my fav, delicious gravy.. said...

Sounds really delicious.

julie said...

wow..lovely theeyal!! one of my fav dishes..

Deepthidigvijay said...

it looks delicious!!!!!!!!

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Food Glorious Food! said...

Wonderful looking recipe! Making me hungry!

Mahi said...

Nice recipe! Shall try this next time.

Suja said...

Pavakka theeyal is my favorite...looks delicious.

Vardhini said...

Love bittergourd .. looks yummy Chitra.


Nandini said...

The gravy is very spicy and healthy...Palatable one...

Reva said...

This looks yum... I love the spices in the ground mixture ... so flavourful:)

Prathima Rao said...

What a delicious gravy!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Sadhana Valentina said...

Bittergourd is my fav one. Have never tried in this form. Wud give a try one day.

Prathima Shivraj said...

New recipe for me with bitter gaurd, sounds delcious.

Mahi said...

Hey, i did this theeyal yesterday and it turned out to be delicious. Will be posting it very soon! :)

Thanks for the recipe!

Chitra said...

hai mahi thanks for trying it out..and good to know that u liked it..


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