Monday, 17 September 2012

Pavakkai Poriyal / Spicy Bitter Gourd Stir Fry

Spicy bitter gourd stir fry as its name is a spicy version prepared using very few ingredients and can be made in just minutes. Bitter gourd, the name is enough to make kids run away  and am sure there are still people who hate this vegetable, but it has lots of health benefits, like its good for intestinal health and helps get rid of nematode worms. It is so good for diabetic patients, does not cure diabetes but it helps lower the sugar level. Any how too much intake of bitter gourd and consumption on an empty stomach is not advisable, it may lead to hypoglycemia, a condition in which the blood sugar becomes too low. For this reason pregnant women should totally avoid bitter melon. Prepare and serve bitter gourd recipes once a week to relish good health and even if you love bitter gourd try to limit the intake to 3 spoons a day. Coming to the recipe its so spicy and a best alternative for deep fried pavakkai chips version, I have used lesser oil and stir fry method so its healthier and also saves your time. Goes well as sides with curd rice and sambar rice. Lets see the required ingredients and the preparation method. 

Earlier I had discussed another less spicy version of pavakkai stir-fry / poriyal with onions do check the recipe by clicking here!!

INGREDIENTS

Serves 3 to 4 people
Total Preparation Time : 8 to 10 minutes 
  1. Bitter gourd / Bitter Melon / Pavakkai - 250 grams (Small ones)
  2. Red chilli powder - 2 spoons 
  3. Curry leaves - Few (Optional)
  4. Salt - As required 
  5. Gingelly oil - 5 spoons 

PREPARATION METHOD

  • Slice bitter gourd into thinner slices using a knife or slicer and drop them into a bowl of water mixed with salt for 5 minutes. 
  • Then remove the slices from water and pat dry them. This will help remove 50% of its bitterness.
  • Now heat a pan/wok and add oil. After it heats up add the curry leaves and bitter gourd slices and saute until it gets cooked. Takes just few minutes to get cooked.
  • Then add red chilli powder and salt and saute until the raw smell of the red chilli powder leaves. Do not saute for more than 2 minutes. 
  • Remove from flame and serve. 
TIP 1: Make sure you slice the bitter-gourd into thinner slices to get a mild crispiness. 

TIP 2: You can use the bigger bitter gourd for this recipe it will be easier to slice. 


Spicy bitter gourd poriyal is now ready!! Serve with curd rice or sambar rice and enjoy!!
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74 comments:

  1. i never made dosti with karela hehe

    i like the pics there

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    1. Me too when I was a kid now I love it :) And thanks Meenu!!

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  2. very nice look Divy... my mom too make like this... usually i dont have pavakkai but for healthy diet i take it on my list...
    nice crispy look...
    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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    1. Thanks Viji :) And say same pinch to your mom :)

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  3. what lovely clicks Divs, i hate this vegetable but the presentation makes me drool :-) my sis makes it should be tasting great. All my guests loved your no tomato chicken curry hats off to a wonderful, simple and fool-proof dish. Nowadays when i think of chicken u come to my mind :D

    Priya
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    1. priya even i hate karelas i came to see her pic and its simple and yummy looking from here

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    2. @ Priya; Thank you so much sis for trying my chicken recipe..Glad you and your guests liked it :) And thanks for sharing the feedback too sis!! :) You always keep encouraging me!
      Today's Recipe ~ Spicy Bitter Gourd Stir Fry / Pavakkai Poriyal
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  4. Looking great... I too made Yesterday n will post soon

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  5. Yummy fry......tempting tooooo

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  6. Loved this simple ,quick and delicious bitter gourd recipe!!

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    1. Aha atleast there's someone who loves Karela :)

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  8. another colourful and very nice dish. Well done!

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  9. yummy and colorful poriyal...inviting clicks!!!

    http://www.indiantastyfoodrecipes.com

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  10. Tempting bittery poriyal in lovely clicks... Yum !!!
    http://recipe-excavator.blogspot.com

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  11. i love adding potato with bitter gourd.. your clicks are inviting :)

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    1. That's another lovely combo..Must get a tutorial from you for unique combos :) Thanks Preeti!!

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  12. My not so likable veggi is looking so beautiful here....

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    1. Thanks Deepa..Common why are everyone hating this poor veggie :)

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  13. Simply love this kind of poriyal with bittergourd, can have it just like a snack:).

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  14. lovely clicks esp the chilli powder one.love the recipe simple n easy

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  15. As usual awesome clicks. Love this bitterguard stirfry. Yours looks super tempting dear.

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  16. This variety of bitter gourd is my fav one. nicely done

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  17. Love the simple fry,looks inviting!!

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  18. Yummy stir fry. Love any recipe with karela.

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  19. Such a nice yummy recipe Divya..Absolutely tempting clicks too !

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  20. I like Karela in this form. I add a bit of jaggery (just a hint) at the end. And it kind of removes that extra bitterness.

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    1. Thanks Radha for the hint that's a great tip!! I add it in my other karela preparations really helps take away the bitterness.. :) Just wanted this dish to be spicy so did not add jaggery, as my hubby loves it this way :)

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  21. hi Divya,

    Never used to like bitter gourd, but now started including it more in my food...this looks very nice....luv the cute bowl....

    happy to follow you here...do visit my space....

    SYF&HWS - Cook with Spices

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    1. Thank you so much Anu..btw Am already following you :)

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  22. u have made this stir fry exactly like my mom,along with seeds too...love this yummy stir fry with sambar or rasam rice...looks inviting dear!

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    1. Thanks dear.. Yeah I don't exclude the seeds unless they are too matured..And nice to know that your Mom prepares karela in the similar way :)

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  23. Absolutely delicious and awesome

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  24. I've never sampled bitter gourd before, but if it tastes as good as it looks in this dish, I'll be a huge fan :)

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  25. Love bitter gourd in any form and your poriyal sounds and looks so tempting.

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  26. can I have that platter please- I love bitter gourd but sadly don't make that often (hubby hates it -sigh ). yum !

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    1. Definitely Priya :) Passed!! Oh is it..my hubby loves it to the core :)

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  27. Love the fried seeds in this. looks great Divya!

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  28. Love this with sambhar rice...My fav ( ofcourse not when I was kid )veggie and used to prepare atleast twice a week.Looks delicious n tempting click!

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    1. Thanks Priya :) I love it with Sambar rice too :)

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  29. This looks very delicious! I will try this later when I get home, because it looks very interesting to try and eat.

    Easy Stir Fry

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