May 11, 2009

Bittergourd Curry ::: Paavakaai Thokku

  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 5 nos
  • Onion - 1 medium
  • Tomato - 2 nos
  • salt - as req
  • Turmeric pdr - 1/4 tsp
  • red Chilli pdr - 1/2 tbsp
  • Bittergourd - 1 medium
  • garam masala - 1/4 tsp
  • lemon juice (opt) - a splash


In heated oil, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, Onion. saute till onion changes color to light brown. Then add tomato, salt, turmeric pdr, red chilli pdr. saute till the tomato turns mushy. To this add chopped bittergourd, garam masala. Sprinkle some water and then cook covered on medium flame for 5 minutes. Add a splash of lemon juice before switching off the flame. Adding lemon juice is optional.


  1. Thokku looks very colorful and yummy... Love this dish!!!

  2. Thanks so much Ramya...I'm glad u liked it..

  3. Hubby is a fan of this is one of the regular dishes in my karela menu..
    looking great.

  4. Yummy thokku kavitha..! I love pavakkai and this sounds yumm!

  5. Thats a nice way to have pavakkai..looks good too and is definetely healthy, thanks for participating

  6. Thanks everyone for ur valuable comments :)

  7. very new recipe to me. sounds yum.


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