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
Vinegar -2 tbsp
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.