Tuesday, February 6, 2007

BitterGourd Pickle

Pavakka Achar

Pickle Mmmmm...,is a must have dish for any occasions in my family and this Pavakka Achar is one among that.I have learnt it from my aunt,She is a fabulous cook.It is very simple to cook,Yet so delicious.

When I start trial this on my friends,"Bitter Gourd Pickle??",They didn't show any interest first,but I surprised them with the mouth-watering pickle,and it became a hit...Try this ...I am sure it will be a success and you all will enjoy this taste.


Bitter gourd-3 medium sized,cut into small pieces
Garlic-10 cloves chopped
Ginger-1 big piece chopped
Onion -1 medium sized,chopped
Green chillies -2 finely chopped
Curry leaves-a few sprigs
Salt to taste
Lemon juice -1 lemon
Oil-1 cup
Vinegar -2 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds-1tsp
Mustard seeds-2tsp
Red chili powder-3tsp
Asafoetida-1 1/2 tsp
Sugar- 2 tsp


Marinate bitter gourd in a mixture of lemon juice,salt and a pinch of turmeric powder for two hours.Refrigerate for another two hours.Squeeze out as much as possible to avoid too much oil being absorbed while frying.

Deep fry ginger and garlic first in hot oil till golden brown.Remove and drain on Kitchen Towel.

Do the same for bitter gourd in batches and keep aside.

Heat oil in another pan ,add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds and the curry leaves and stir -fry until they begin to crackle.then add onion,and green chillies .Saute well until the onions become brown.Add chili powder and Asafoetida powder and saute for 2-3 minutes,Add sugar along with little water and salt and let the mixture bubble in the pan.Add fried ginger,garlic and bitter gourd and stir well .Finally add the vinegar and remove from the fire.

Now the pickle is ready to eat and tastes delicious with steamed rice.


RP said...

Onion? I haven't tried it in pickles yet. I make pavakka achar often, and next time I am going to try your version.

KitchenFairy said...

If you want to keep that for a long time better not to add onion.One more thing RP,You are making it with 2 or 3 bittergourd you can add onions and also roasted raisins .

RP said...

Yeah, my husband eats pavakka pickle like a curry(lots) so it will finish it in a few days anyway. So I will try it with onion.

Prema Sundar said...

Bittergourd pickle sounds interesting.. I dont buy bittergourd often as i do not know many recipes in that and my hubby hates it..but ur version is very diff from the one i make and I think he will like too if I make ur way. thanks for sharing a good recipe.

Mallugirl said...

Hi, Nice recipe for a pavakka pickle. i will surely try this.

Mishmash ! said...

Mouthwatering :) unfortunately pickle is a no-no in our house :(

Jyothsna said...

Never heard of pavakka pickle...i'm sure thats coz both of us are bittergourd haters!! but i do like pavakka chips tho'. :) how long will the pickle keep?

KitchenFairy said...

Prema,Thank you for visiting my blog.Try ,Hope ur husband will enjoy!!

mallugirl,Did u try it?Please let me know,Thank You.

Pickles are not good for our health.You can make the samething as curry by adding less chillipowder!

Hey Jyothsna,Its bad to hear that u hate pavakka.Really it is good...Rich in iron....

Melting Wok said...

oh boy, I've yet to try on bitter gourds..hehe, mom used to coax us into eating this wonderful vegetable. I think with all the spices u used, I should be daring enough to give it a shot, thx for sharing, cheers !:)

Seena said...

I hadn't seen this recipe..thanks for telling..we also make like this, but I avoided all ginger,garlic etc..yeah, I used dark green bittergourds, but could use it soon after prepared..