Pavakkai Pitlai

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Bitter Gourd Pitlai


Pavakkai Pitlai is a delicious sambhar from South Indian region made exclusively with Bitter gourd. I have added chick peas for added texture and flavor. This is a wonderful Vegan stew / kootu made with bitter gourd and is served with rice.

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Recipe Facts:


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South Indian

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Total Time

1 hour

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– Pavakkai cut in circles with the center removed – Chick peas soaked overnight and cooked –  Tamarind ... Swipe up fom more ingredients

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– Fry all the ingredients needed for the masala paste in a teaspoon of oil and then grind it into a coarse paste adding just a little water.

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Step 1

– Cook the toor dal / tuvaram paruppu with a pinch of turmeric powder in a pressure cooker or instant pot until soft and mushy and keep it aside.

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Step 2

– Dissolve the tamarind in water and extract the juice. Add the sliced bitter gourd. – Add the sambhar powder, salt and asafetida and let the mixture boil.

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Steps 3-4

– Then add the cooked chick peas to the boiling mixture and let it continue to boil. – Now add the ground mixture in the pot and mix it well.

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Steps 5-6

– Add the cooked lentil / paruppu and adjust the consistency. Add the jaggery / brown sugar to the pitlai now. – Let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

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Steps 7-8


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