Bitter Gourd (Pavakka) Theeyal

Bitter Gourd (Pavakka) Theeyal

Theeyal is a traditional Kerala Dish which is made using Vegetables and Fried Coconut. It can be made using a single vegetable like Bitter Gourd, Snake Gourd, Shallots, Carrot etc. or a combination of vegetables. The fried coconut and spices impart a nice aroma to the dish.

2 medium sized Bitter gourd (Pavakka or Karela) cut into thin slices
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
2 green chilies, slit (optional)
1 cup Grated coconut
1 tbsp Coriander Powder
2 tsp Chilli powder (optional)
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
4 dry red chilies (optional)
1/4 cup Thinly sliced Shallots
A sprig Curry leaves
1 tbsp Tamarind paste
Salt to taste
Water as required
3 tbsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds

To reduce the bitterness of Pavakka, rub some salt on the sliced bitter gourd pieces and squeeze out the juice using hands and wash it well.

Heat a pan and add 2 tbsp oil. Add the bitter gourd pieces, slit green chilies along with 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and saute. Cover and cook till it is done. Do not add water, instead cook the bitter gourd pieces on low flame.

In a non stick pan, dry roast the grated coconut till brown. Once the coconut scrapes are brown, add red chilli powder, coriander powder, fenugreek seeds and dry roast and keep aside.

Grind all the fried ingredients with a little water to form a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a wok and splutter mustard seeds. Saute shallots, dry red chillies and curry leaves. Add the cooked bitter gourd pieces and stir.

Mix the ground coconut paste, tamarind paste, little salt and add 1 cup of water to the pan and stir well to combine. Cook for around 7-8 minutes on medium flame till the gravy thickens. Taste and add more tamarind paste if needed.

From: Kerala Recipes
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Kerala Recipes