May 2, 2014

Pavakkai Masala Recipe / Bitter Gourd Masala / Karela Recipes

Bitter Gourds are one of the hated veg of many, but you know there are many health benefits in them. It is a very good for diabetics. If you drink a glass of fresh bitter gourd juice daily, then i am sure that your diabetics will get really low. It is such a miracle medicine for it. 

For those who cannot tolerate the bitterness of fresh gourd, cook it and eat. I have a recipe of my mom's bitter gourd pitlai, it is really yummy dish. You wont even identify that it is made from bitter gourd. I will soon posst some more bitter gourd recipes like poriyal, fry and dishes like it..So with no more delay you go and check my masala recipe.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 40 to 45 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Bitter Gourd - 3 medium size sliced into rounds
Onion - 1 large sliced thinly
Tomatoes - 2 medium size chopped finely
Oil - 5 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 2 inch stick
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp + 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tblspn
Tamarind Pulp - 2 tblspn + 1 tblspn
Water as needed


Take water, salt, turmeric powder and tamarind pulp in a sauce pan and bring it to boil. Once it reached a boil, add the bitter gourd and cook it till it becomes tender. Drain and set aside.

Now heat oil in a kadai. Add in fennel and cinnamon stick. Let them sizzle.

Now add in onions and saute till they get translucent.

Now add in salt, sugar and spice powders. Mix them.

Add in tomatoes and mix well.

Add some water and cook till they turn mushy and oil separates from it.

Add in cooked bitter gourd now along with some tamarind pulp. Mix well and cook on a low heat till it is cooked welll and all flavourd combines.

Simmer this for 10 to1 5 mins till it is nicely combined.

Switch off the heat and serve.

Take some fresh bitter gourds

slice them in rounds

Now take all other ingredients

Heat some water in a sauce pan

add some salt and turmeric powder

add a good amount of tamarind

mix them well

Bring it to a boil

add your sliced bitter gourds

cook them till they are tender, strain and set aside
Now Heat oil in a kadai

Add in some fennel and cinnamon

add in sliced onions

saute them

add in salt, sugar and other spice powders

saute them for 30 sec

Add in chopped tomatoes

saute till they turn mushy

add some water

keep cooking them

once oil separates from it

add the cooked bitter gourd

Add some tamarind

mix them well and cook

cook till everything is mixed well



  1. nice and good for health ....

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  3. Thank you for this healthy recipe. Do we have to remove the seeds before cooking?

  4. Thanks for the recipes ...... I tried few ...... really came out very well.... appreciate it...

  5. Bittergourd is good for health and definitely we have to include it's curry daily in our diet. So definitely i will try this recipe, it's so delicious and yummy If you want to read its more health benefits follow us at

  6. Can i add Tomato Sause or Ketchup instead of Tarmarind...?

    1. Instead of tamarind u can use vinegar (tomato in any form is compulsary in the dish)

  7. @zaheer abbastamarind is what gives the taste so add that. But i think a little ketchup can be added too

  8. hi
    making it today .looks delicious .

  9. hi
    making it today .looks delicious .

  10. thank you for your excellent recipes !

  11. Trying it today... Can we add jaggery instead of sugar to make it little more healthier?

    1. DAT would be the best option

  12. Really a yummy dish and thanks for this recipe

  13. Really a yummy dish and thanks for this recipe

  14. The recipe sounds interesting. I am going to prepare it now.

    Thank you


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