Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pavaka Kharo Khoiumbu(Bitter gourd in sweet,spicy tangy,bitter,savory sauce simply in Japanese Umami)

This is one of the dishes which my husband just loves and easy for me to make...and the left over tastes just yummy


2 - Medium length Bitter gourd(pavakai, karela)
1 - Medium onion chopped finely
8-10 - Curry leaves
6-8 - pod of garlic chopped finely
3-4 - Medium Tomatoes chopped finely
1 tsp - tamarind paste or small ball of soaked tamarind
1tsp - Jaggrey/brown sugar
2-3 tsp - red chilli powder(add based on how much heat u can take)
2 tsp - Dhania powder(coriander seed powder)
1/4 tsp - turmeric powder
Salt to Taste

For Tempering
2 tsp - vadvam (this my mom makes)
1/4 tsp - Mustard(Rai)
1/4 tsp - Cumin(Jeera)
1/4 tsp - Methi seeds(optional)
2 tbsp - Oil


In a Kadai/pot heat the oil add the ingredients in the tempering and let it splutter, Now add the curry leaves and let it also splutter :). Add the onions and fry it for one to two minutes and add the Garlic and saute it for 30-40 seconds, Now add the Bitter Goud and cook it for 1 to 2 mins, Add the tomatoes, Salt, turmeric, red chilli powder, dhania powder, cook for about 2-3 mins

  Now add the tamarind paste or the water from the soaked tamarind, add a glass of water (about 250 ml)add the Jaggery or brown sugar and let it boil to a thick consistency Adjust tamarind, salt, Sugar to ur taste

Tastes yummy with the rice & ghee - for my husband
Tastes just as yummy with Phulka's - for me
Tastes even more yummy the next day...

Recipe By: Mrs Malathi
Posted By: Brinda

1 comment:

  1. not one of my fav as i dont like pavakka
    but i dont mind if the pavakka pieces are removed n u jus gimme the koimb