Pavakkai (Bitter gourd) Tawa Fry

This side dish made by frying bitter gourd (Pavakkai) along with some Indian spices. Also try this Senai (Yam) tawa fry and okra tawa fry.

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Pavakkai (Bitter gourd) Tawa Fry

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: PoriyalCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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This side dish made by frying bitter gourd (Pavakkai) along with some Indian spices.


  • Pavakkai (Bitter gourd) – 2 to 3 Nos

  • Chilli Powder – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Coriander Powder – 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

  • Tamarind – A small gooseberry size

  • Jaggery powdered – 1 teaspoon

  • Oil – 2 teaspoons

  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Soak tamarind in little water and take out thick juice. One tablespoon juice is required.
  • Wash and cut the bitter gourd (pavakkai) into thin round slices. Put it in boiling water and allow to boil for one to two minutes and remove. Put the blanched bitter gourd pieces in a flat pan.
  • Add chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, tamarind juice, jaggery powder and salt. Mix it well and keep it aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Heat a skillet and arrange the marinated bitter gourd pieces in a single layer.
  • Pour one or two teaspoons of oil over it and cook on low flame.
  • After few seconds, turn each piece around. Cook for few more seconds. Repeat this and cook till it turns crisp and golden brown.


  • If you use non-stick skillet two teaspoons of oil is sufficient. Or else you have to add little more oil.


  1. Your recipes are excellent and mouthwatering.
    Pls keep up the good work.

  2. hi kamala very tasty of tips i am learning from u because i dont no to cook thank u so much god bless

  3. whenever i like to eat my mom style i visit ur is always helping me.Thank you.Thanks a lot.

  4. Mam, i could ever prepare such a tasty Bitter guard in my cooking experience, yes cooking is an ‘Art’ ! but some one should be there to guide you to become a good cook. i am more thankful to you.

  5. thanks for ur recipes

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