Pavakkai Pitlai Kamala 13 years ago Pin Print Pavakkai Pitlai Recipe rating: N/A Recipe by S Kamala Course: GraviesCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy Servings6servingsPrep time10minutesCooking time20minutes A popular recipe made with bitter gourd (pavakkai) paired with rice Ingredients Bitter gourd – 3 Nos (Medium size) Thuvar dhal – ½ cup Grated Coconut -1/2 cup Tamarind – small lemon size ball Red chillies long – 4 Nos Coriander Seeds – 2 tablespoon Urad dhal-1 teaspoon Bengal gram dhal – 3 tablespoon Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon Jeera-1 teaspoon Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon salt-2 teaspoon Gingelly Oil – 1 tablespoon Mustard – ½ teaspoon Curry leaves – few Directions Slit the bitter gourds and remove the seeds. Cut it into small pieces. Sprinkle little salt and mix well. Keep it aside.Soak tamarind in water and squeeze out the juice by adding 3 cups of water little by little.Pressure cook the thuvar dhal till soft.In a kadai put a teaspoon of oil and roast Bengal gram dhal, urad dhal, coriander seeds, pepper, jeera and red chillies separately. Add coconut gratings at the end and fry for a while. Remove and cool. Mix all the roasted ingredients and fried coconut grating and grind to a fine paste. Add the tamarind juice in a vessel and add turmeric powder and salt. Bring to boil. When it starts boiling, take a handful of bitter gourd pieces and squeeze out all the water and add to the boiling tamarind juice. Add all the pieces like this. Allow to boil. When the bitter gourd is well cooked, add the ground paste, cooked dhal and mix well. Let it boil for few more minutes. Season it with mustard and curry leaves.Note:If you desire, you can add a small piece of jaggery to lessen the bitterness.