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Stuffed Pavakaai (Bitter gourd)


  • Bitter gourd – 4 Nos
  • Onion – 1 big
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon Juice – 1 teaspoon
  • Besan flour – 4 tablespoon
  • Red Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Coriander Powder – 2 teasppon
  • Jeera powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  • Oil – 4 to 5 tablespoon

Wash and make a slit in the middle of the bitter gourd. Remove the seeds and other parts inside the bitter gourd using a share knife. Boil enough water and put the whole slit bitter gourd and allow to cook for two to three minutes. Do not overcook. Otherwise bitter gourds tend to break.
Drain the water and cool the bitter gourd.
Chop the onion finely. Mix besan, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, jeera powder, salt, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and chopped onion together and make a stuffing.
Take the bitter gourd and put the above stuffing through the slit. Stuff all the bitter gourd like this.
Heat a tawa and grease it with oil. Arrange the bitter gourd on it. Pour oil over it. Keep the flame medium. Cover with a lid. Cook for two to three minutes. Open it and gently turn it and cook other side also. When you see the stuffing firm and bitter gourd is fried well, remove it.
Note: If the bittergourd is very long, then you can cut it into two and then slit lengthwise. Instead of besan flour, you can also use peanut powder or til powder.

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