Pavakka Theeyal Recipe

Pavakka Theeyal, also called as Pavakkai Theeyal, Bitter melon recipe, Bitter gourd dish

Pavakkai Theeyal is a traditional South Indian Dish which is made using bitter melon and and fried Coconut. In Tamil it is called as Pavakkai theeyal, and in Malayalam Pavakka or Kaypakka theeyal. It is very tasty dish.

Pavakkai capsules are also available online 

Items required

  • Pavakkai - 2Nos
  • Onion - 2 Nos
  • Coconut - 1 cup
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsps
  • Chilli powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1 2tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind -1 small lemon size (soak it in the water)
  • Salt
  • Sugar - 1 1/2 tsp
  • For seasoning-

  • Mustard seeds-1/2tsp
  • Red chillis - 2
  • Curry leaves - 1 bunch
  • Cooking oil
  • Pavakka Theeyal


  • Cut the Pavakkai into thin long slices.

  • Fry pavakkai in a kadai in 2 tsp oil until it is cooked well and turning brown.

  • Remove pavakkai and Keep aside.

  • Put 1 tsp.oil into the same kadai and fry coconut scrapings and chopped onions, then add methi seeds.

  • Add coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric powder and fry for 1-2 minutes, and then remove it from the kadai.

  • When cooled grind it in the mixi, adding little water, until it becomes a fine paste.

  • Cook the fried pavakkai in a separate vessel for about 3 minutes, adding salt and tamarind juice.

  • Add the ground masala (coconut paste) and stir it. Cook for 3-5 minutes with very little water, until you get the desired consistency(neither too thin nor too thick).

  • Remove from the stove and keep a kadai for seasoning.
  • Add oil, mustard seeds, red chillies (cut into two) and curry leaves.

  • Pour it over the theeyal.
  • Add the sugar and mix well.
  • Your yummy pavakkai theeyal is ready.
  • Pavakka theeyal is a very tasty dish with rice. Since pavakka (Bitter melon) is fried, and tamarind and sugar are added the dish does not taste bitter.

    Also read the other pavakkai recipes.

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