Monday, 16 November 2009

Paavakka theeyal

Like Ulli/Onion Theeyal , Paavakka / Bitter Gourd Theeyal is a popular Kerala curry. Those like bitter Paavakka... read on.

What you need for paavakka theeyal:
  • Bitter gourd - 2 cleaned and cubed
  • Shallots/ kunju ulli ( or a medium size onion cubed)-1/2 cup
  • Tamarind juice (extracted)-2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/2 tbsp
  • Fenugreek powder-1/2 tbsp
  • Sat to taste
  • Grated coconut-!/2 cup
  • Chilly powder ( adjust accordingly)-1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder-1 tbsp
  • Pepper-1/2 tbsp
  • Red chilly-2
  • Mustard seeds-1/2tbsp
  • Curry leaves-few
The preparation method:
  • Heat  some oil in a pan and add onions, bitter gourd, salt to taste,turmeric and saute until half done.
  • Roast coconut ,coriander powder,chilli powder,fenugreek powder ,1 red chilli,2 shallots and pepper until brown and grind to a fine paste.
  • Now add the tamarind juice and 1/2 cup of water and cook, until the bitter gourd is done. ( add tamarind juice according to the bitterness of the bitter gourd).
  • Add the ground paste and let boil for a few min.
  • Heat oil in a tempering kadai and pop mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves and transfer it to the dish.
  • Bitter but tasty Paavakka Theeyal is ready to be served hot with rice!!

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