Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pavakka (Bitter Gourd) Pickle

Bitter gourd is not very much liked my most of my family. But when you convert it to a pickle, it’s a whole different story!  This has become my new favorite pickle because the bitterness along  with the tanginess make an awesome duo! What you need is the whitish light green variety bitter gourd, but since I could not find any, I got the darker kind. The darker kind is more bitter than the lighter one. But it tastes just as good!


1.   Bitter gourd – 5 pounds, washed, deseed, and cut into small pieces (See pic)
2.   Ginger – 4 inch minced
3.   Garlic – 25 cloves, minced
4.   Mustard seeds-2 tspn
5.   Fenugreek seeds – 2 tspn
6.   Masalas – Kashmiri red chilli -  2 tbspn, turmeric powder – 2 tspn, asafoetida – 1 tspn
7.   Sesame oil – 1 cup (or more as needed)


1.   Add around 3 tspn salt to the cut gourd pieces. Heat around 1 cup oil, fry them in batches. Add more oil as per needed. It should be darker in color, and crispy. Keep aside.
2.   To the same hot oil, add mustard, fenugreek seeds. Once it splutters, add the minced ginger, and garlic.
3.   Once it turns light to dark brown in color, and the aroma of raw garlic is gone, add the masalas.
4.   Mix it all together, add the fried bitter gourd pieces.
5.   After around 2-3 minutes, add 1 cup vinegar. Mix it all together, taste for salt and tanginess and add as per needed.
6.   Turn off the heat. Once it completely cools down, store in air tight container in refrigerator for couple of months. Enjoy on the side with rice, chapathis etc.

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