Pavakkai Urukkai

Bitter Gourd Pickle

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This Bitter Gourd pickle also known as Pavakkai Urukkai is a wonderful and tangy pickle made with freshly harvested bitter melon is a great side to serve with rice or Idli / dosai.

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Total Time

21 min

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6 breads

– Bitter Gourd – Oil  – Tamarind paste – Jaggery  – Mustard seeds – Turmeric powder – Red chili powder – Asafetida – Roasted fenugreek powder – Salt

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– Cut the bitter gourd and remove all the seeds. Chop the bitter gourd and wash well. – Add turmeric powder, salt and mix well. Keep it aside. – Squeeze the water out of the melon.

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      Steps 1-3

– Heat the oil. Season with mustard seeds, asafetida and turmeric powder. Also add the red chili powder.

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      Step 4

– Now add the chopped bitter gourd / pavakkai and saute until the vegetable softens a bit.

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      Step 5

– Add the tamarind extract, brown sugar and salt. Let it come to a boil and let the pavakkai cook entirely. 

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      Step 6

– Add the fenugreek powder at this stage and take it off the flame.  – Let it cool down and then store in an airtight container.

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