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Pavakka Mezhukkupuratti | Bitter Gourd Stir Fry

Pavakka Mezhukkupuratti

Spicy Kerala style Bitter gourd fry
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2 to 3

  1. Pavakka,bitter gourd,sliced-2 medium
  2. Onion sliced-1/4 cup
  3. Kashmiri chili powder- 3/4 to 1 tsp( or to taste)
  4. Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  5. Salt-to taste
  6. Curry leaves-few
  7. Coconut oil- as required


  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan,add sliced pavakka/ bitter gourd ,onion and curry leaves.Spread it evenly in the pan and cook over medium heat,stirring well in between.

  • Cook until it turns slight golden brown.Now add chili powder,turmeric powder and salt to taste.Mix well until combined.

  • Reduce the flame to low and saute until it turns golden brown. 


    • Add 1 tbsp of coconut pieces along with onion,if desired.

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  • Reply
    nandoos kitchen
    May 8, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Nice mezhukkupuratti. I make it in the same way, except that I add some tamarind juice at the end to reduce the bitterness. Nice clicks.

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    May 8, 2014 at 8:53 am

    looks yum! I make it the same way!

  • Reply
    May 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Thats one of my fav stir fries.. My family simply hates bitter guard, I often makes it for myself as a side.. Its soo tasty !!

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