Pavakka ( karela ) tamarind curry Theeyal – Bitter gourd curry recipe

Pavakka Tamarind CurryPavakka Tamarind Curry
  • Yield : 250 gm
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 40m

Pavakka (Bitter gourd / Karela) theeyal is a delicious Kerala recipe.Pavakka is a nutritious vegetable. It has medicinal value and helps in reducing blood sugar. Tamarind is added while pavakka is cooking reduce the bitterness.


  • Bittergourd - 250 gm (cut into small pieces)
  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  • Tamarind - 100gm
  • Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies - 4 (chopped)
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 2 strings
  • Coconut oil - 3 tsp
  • Water - 2 cup
  • Salt to taste.
  • Dry red chilly - 2 nos
  • Shallots - 5 (chopped)


Step 1

Soak the tamarind in a cup of water for 10 minutes and strain and filter the tamarind juice.

Step 2

Wash and cut pavakka into small pieces.

Step 3

Heat some oil in a pan and add pavakka, green chilly, salt and turmeric powder and fry for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Heat a pan add some oil and fry the coconut, shallots for 4 minutes till it become golden brown. Add red chilly powder and coriander powder and saute for a while till the raw smell goes off. Grind it with water in to a smooth paste.

Step 5

Add this paste into the pavakka mixture and cook for 5 minutes. Then add tamarind pulp, water and salt. Cook for 5 minutes.

Step 6

Take a pan heat some oil add mustard seeds, chopped shallots, dry red chillies and curry leaves. Pour this seasoning to the pavakka curry. Pavakka theeyal is ready to be served.


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