Pavakka mulakittathu/bittergourd in chilli gravy

This is a traditional Malabar dish.

Bitter gourd cut in to round pieces – 2 nos

Chopped shallots      – 2 tbsp

Chopped green chillies – 2 nos

Kashmiri chilli powder – 2 tbsp

Turmeric powder       –  1/2 tsp

Tomato  chopped        – 1 nos

Tamarind                    – a lime size


Mustard seeds     – 1 tsp

Curry leaves


Soak tamarind in little water .  Heat oil in a pan, saute shallots, green chillies and  bittergourd. When the bittergourd turns light red in colour, add chilli powder, turmeric powder and tomato. Now add  1 cup of water and salt. When the bittergourd is half cooked, add tamarind water and cook it. When it is done, keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds and curry leaves. Pour this over the curry.

Pavakka mulakittathu is ready to be served.

16 thoughts on “Pavakka mulakittathu/bittergourd in chilli gravy”

  1. Bittergouard is my favorite vegetable believe it or not. so next week first thing i will buy it and make it on monday only. thank you.

  2. healthy and hot curry.great…..nice blog vth tasty recipes..
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