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Pavakka Kichadi | Bitter gourd in coconut and yogurt sauce

Pavakka Kichadi | Bitter gourd in coconut and yogurt sauce-Learn how to prepare Kerala sadhya sytle pavakka kichadi recipe.
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Pavakka Kichadi

Pavakka kichadi recipe

Pavakka Kichadi- Kerala Vishu / Onam sadhya special recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 to 5

  1. Pavakka /bitter gourd,sliced- 1 medium sized
  2. Green chili,sliced-2-3
  3. Grated coconut-1/2 cup
  4. Cumin seeds-1/8 tsp ( optional)
  5. Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
  6. Yogurt-3/4 to 1 cup
  7. Water- as required
  8. Salt- to taste
  9. Oil- as required

For tempering:

  1. Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
  2. Shallots / Chumannulli,sliced-2 to 3
  3. Dry red chilies- 1 or 2
  4. Curry leaves-1 sprig


  • Heat oil in a pan ,add pavakka/bitter-gourd and green chilies , fry until it turns golden brown and slightly crisp.Drain and keep aside.
  • Grind together grated coconut , cumin seeds( if using) and just enough water to form a smooth paste.Crush the mustard seeds and add it to the coconut paste.Keep aside.
  • In a mixing bowl,combine together fried bitter-gourd and green chilies,coconut paste and yogurt.Add salt to taste and mix well.
  • For tempering,heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds and let it splutter.Add shallots,dry red chilies and curry leaves,saute until shallots turn golden brown.Add this to the curry and mix well.

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    April 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    wow the lovely yogurt recipe dear 🙂

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    April 10, 2014 at 12:51 am

    so tasty.. Never tried Pavakkai in yogurt must try

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    nandoos kitchen
    April 10, 2014 at 2:37 am

    yumm… pavakka kichadi super!

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    Kitchen Rhythms
    April 10, 2014 at 4:44 am

    My mom's fav.Loved the bowl.

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    April 10, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Looks really delicious and inviting..

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    April 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Thats something I would never have dreamt about !! Very unique and different, I am def going to make it this weekend.. 🙂

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    April 15, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Looks absolutely inviting.. loved the first pic a lot 🙂

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    August 12, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I never expected this type of kichadi in bitter gourd

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