Pavakka Theeyal
Pavakka theeyal is a traditional Kerala delicacy made with roasted coconut, spices and tamarind. Made with bitter gourd,this is a treat for your taste buds.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 15minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 15minutes
For roasting
For garnishing
  1. Wash bitter gourds. Cut them lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and slice them into small pieces.
  2. Add some salt, and rub it well into the chopped bitter gourd, and set aside. Amount of salt doesn’t matter. After 15 minutes (in the meantime, execute steps 3 & 4) wash the bitter gourd to get rid of the salt, and drain it. This is an old school technique to reduce the bitterness of the bitter gourd. 🙂 Tip: Please don’t forget to wash this salt off the bitter gourd before you add it into the cooking pan.
  3. Heat a pan, and fry the grated coconut on medium heat.
  4. When it starts turning brown, add coriander seeds and fry for another minute. If you don’t have coriander seeds, use a tablespoon coriander powder.
  5. Let it cool. Blitz this in a blender adding a little water to make a smooth, thick paste.
  6. Heat a pan, add some oil and fry the chopped shallots.
  7. Add bitter gourd and mix well.
  8. Now add chili powder,salt and the ground mixture, and stir together.
  9. Add two cups of water and mix well. Soak the tamarind (I used 1 tablespoon tamarind paste) in water, mix well and add to this. Close the lid and bring to boil on medium heat. It’ll take about 10 minutes.
  10. Once it starts boiling, open the lid, and let it reduce to a required consistency on high flame while stirring occasionally. Turn off after 5 minutes and transfer to a serving bowl.
  11. Heat some oil (use coconut oil for an authentic taste), splutter some mustard seeds. Sautxe9 with some chopped shallots and curry leaves. Use this for garnishing the dish.
  12. Serve hot with rice and poppadums.
Recipe Notes

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