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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Kurivi Thalai Pavakkai(Baby Bitter Gourd) Vadhakkal

This is the favourite dish for me and my hubby. We love to have it with hot rice. It tastes divine. It has a slight bitter taste and goes very well with rice. This bitter gourd resembles the head of tiny sparrow. So the name.

Kuruvi Thalai Pavakkai/ Baby Bitter Gourd-250gm
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Sambar powder-1 1/2tsp
Pearl Onion-15
Salt-to taste
Till Oil-4tbs
Mustard seeds-1/2tsp
Urad dhal-1/2tsp
Curry leaves-1 sprig

1. Cut both ends of the bitter gourd and wash.
2. Heat oil and splutter mustard and urad dhal. Add curry leaves.
3.Add finely chopped onion and saute till golden brown.
4. Add the bitter gourd and saute for 1 minute. Add 1/2cup of water and the powders.
5. Add salt to taste.
6. Cover the pan with lid and let it simmer until the water is fully absorbed and oil floats.
7. Make sure that the bitter gourd is cooked and switch off flame.
8. Serve hot with rice.


  1. I love baby bitter gourds, ur recipie is just tongue-tickling.
    Love to have it with rice:-)

  2. Tongue tickling recipes & my favorite too.

  3. mithi pavakkai-nu solluvaangale,athuvanga ithu? cute-a irukku! :)

  4. The baby bittergourds are so cute looking...loved the curry, spicy n tempting!:)

    US Masala

  5. Very cute and tongue tickling recipe.

  6. Looks yum...I observe no use of tang,like tamarind or lemon,must try.

  7. This is a must try.... looks nice..

  8. What a yummy reipce. I love anything with bitter gourd. Absolutely divine

  9. wow my fav bittergourd curry looks delciious

  10. gayathri, I dunno how to pronounce it but the curry is looking absolutely delicious.. I am sure it tastes great too..

  11. தலைப்பை பார்த்து பயந்துவிட்டேன் பிறகுதான் புரிந்தது. அம்மாக்கு புடிக்கும் செய்து பார்க்கனும்.

  12. Delicious stir fry, i can have it with rice too..

  13. What a yummy and tasty small bitter gourd recipe,love it..

  14. we get these karelas here in dubai and we call them bangladesh karelas.I usually end up making pavakai pitlai which tastes heavenly with these pavakkais,

  15. Cute looking karelas,lovely sabji too.Would try looking for these the next time I visit the grocer.

  16. Delicious stir fry,mouthwatering recipe....

  17. Loved the name- kuruvi thalai :) hearing it for the first time..I make stuffed ones out of these.


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