Sweet and spicy Bitter gourd fry

Pavakkai Varuval

Sweet and spicy Bitter gourd fry

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large sized bitter gourd
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp Mustard Oil or any oil
  • 1/2 table spoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mango powder or amchur powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or jaggary
  • 3-4 tbsp Water
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder

Instructions
 

  • Heat a pan on medium flame and add oil to it, add onions, and bitter gourd and add a bit of salt and turmeric to it and sauté them until the onions are slightly caramelized and the bitter gourd has shrunk in half.
  • Add the spice powders (red chilli, coriander, amchur or dry mango powder and add some water and cover and cook for a few minutes until the bitter gourd is cooked and absorbs all the flavors.
  • Finally add brown sugar or jaggary and mix it in and turn off the flame.
  • Serve it hot with rice or roti

Notes

It is important to cook the bitter gourd well before adding the spice powders.
Adding jaggary and dry mango powder gives the dish a sweet and tangy taste. If you don’t have dry mango powder, you can add tamarind extract to bring the tanginess.