Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pavakkya Fry - Spicy Fried Bittergourd

I've eaten more Kerala food in Chennai than in Kerala.I still remember getting excited when I first had Puttu-Kadala at Kumarakom in Nungambakkam while I was new in Chennai.I've only had it at home and couldn't actually believe it was served in restaurants.Whenever Ajay asked me where to go out to eat,I'd say Kumarakom,I loved their fluffy appams,flaky parottas and of course Puttu.
Now of course,the excitement has died down and we seldom go there to eat.We absolutely loved the Kerala meals too and one of the star item in the 'thali' used to be pavakkya fry.I was always angry that they served only 2 or 3 chips in each plate and even when we asked for seconds,they served only as much.I've been so much fond of Karathe Fry that I make but this one was delicious on its own.

After a few trials and errors,I think I've made it very close to what they served in the restaurant.The recipe is very simple and it makes for a delicious side with meals.No more asking seconds to amused waiters in Kumarakom:)
Pavakkya fry - Spicy fried Bittergourd


Bittergourd - 1,sliced thin(either as a full circle,or a semi circle)
Onion - 1,sliced thin
Ginger - 1/2' piece,sliced thin
Garlic - 3-4 cloves,sliced thin
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Haldi - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry
Curry leaves - 1-2 sprigs


Mix together all of the ingredients except oil and curry leaves and keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
In a kadai add enough oil to deep fry.
Squeeze the bittergourd mix and sprinkle over the hot oil.Fry on a high flame for a minute and then lower the flame till the bittergourd turns golden brown.
Drain on to a paper towel.Finish all the bittergourd and then fry curry leaves till crisp.
Serve with Red rice and Moru curry for a delicious meal.


  1. This bitterguard fry looks perfect. Awesome recipe.

  2. Will try this way sometime,:) perfect side dish,

  3. Divs, pavakka fry looks so crispy and perfect! It's one of my fav's to just munch. Nice colour too :)


  4. This one is my fav:-) My mom makes this one from the fresh bitter gourds from our backyard and our all time fav! Yours Looks absolutely yummy!

  5. i am a big fan of this pavakaki and i am sure i am going to try this one

  6. first time here ... glad to follow you ..very yummy fry ...one of fav....visit my blog

  7. i love how crispy they look, must have been awesome to crunch on

  8. Wow fried pavakkai...maybe this is one way I'll actually eat this. Actually to be fair, I'm starting to develop an ever so tiny liking for this veggie.


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