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Pavakkai Podi | Bitter Gourd Podi | Spiced Bitter Gourd Powder

Pavakkai Podi or Bitter Gourd podi is one of the good instant podi mixes to have in the kitchen for the busy days. With rice and some chips or Applam they become a quick meal
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Homemade Spices, Masala Powder, spices and condiments
Cuisine: Asian, Indian, South Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 55kcal


  • pan
  • bowl
  • spatula


  • 3 Pavakkai / Bitter gourd
  • 2 tablespoon Yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • to taste Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Asafetida

To dry roast and grind together –

  • 1 tablespoon Kadalai paruppu / Channa dal
  • 2 tablespoon Ullutham paruppu/ urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander seeds
  • 3 Red chili
  • a small lime size Tamarind


  • Wash the bitter gourd and then slice them vertically. Remove the thick fibrous part in the middle and then grate the bitter gourd in a grater. Now squeeze the grated bitter gourd and spread over a paper towel or kitchen towel for about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the bitter gourd to a bowl and mix it with the yogurt. Keep it aside for about 30 minutes. This helps to remove the bitterness from the vegetable. After 30 minutes, squeeze out the bitter gourd and keep it aside.
  • In the meantime, dry roast all the ingredients mentioned above and then grind it into a powder once they cool down.
  • In a pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. Now add the turmeric powder and asafetida and fry it for about 20 seconds. Then add the squeezed bitter gourd and salt and fry it in low flame until the bitter gourds are golden brown and cooked. This takes a good 20 minutes. Make sure you fry it in low flame otherwise you might burn the vegetable.
  • Add the ground powder to the cooked bitter gourd and mix well. Let it fry for about 2 minutes in low flame and then take it off the flame.
  • Let it cool entirely and then store in an airtight container.
  • It tastes great when mixed with hot rice and sesame oil and served with More kuzhambu or any kootu!


Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg