Friday, 20 April 2012

Pavakka Kichadi/ Bittergourd Raita

Now coming to the last of the Vishu/Sadya dishes... Hope you liked them and will give it a try

Pavakka Kichadi or Bittergourd Raita is a side made of bittergourd and yogurt. Bittergourd is probably not in everyones fav list. This dish is a nice way to include this super nutritious vegetable in your meal. If you like this recipe, do check out my recipe for Vendakka Kichadi (Okra Raita).

This is now one of my favourite photos. On the day of Vishu it was raining and it was so dark altogether. So I was sad that I did not get any good photos for the different dishes. But as I was playing with the dishes, a little sun came thru for may be a minute and I got this photo. Just made my day!!


Pavakka/ Bitter gourd 1
Coconut 1/4 cup
Green Chilli 1
Curry Leaves few
Jeera 1/2 tsp
Yogurt/Curd 1 cup

For Tempering
Mustard 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves few
Shallots 5

Oil and salt to taste

Method of Preparation

1. Cut the pavakka into thin circles. The thinner the better.

2. Heat oil in a pan, add the cut pavakka and fry it till it starts to brown. 

3. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool.

4. In the meanwhile, grind coconut, curry leaves, green chilli and jeera into a fine paste adding enough water. 

5. Pour this into the cooled pavakka. 

6. Add some salt and yogurt and mix well.

7. Slice the shallots. Heat some oil and add the mustard.

8. When it sputters, add the curry leaves and shallots. Fry well and add the tempering to the kichadi.

Linking this to Kerala Kitchen Event hosted by Ramya

Linking this to WTML - Festive Recipes hosted by Rasi

Linking this to Vegetarian Side Dishes Priya's event hosted by Vardhini


  1. As you said a good way to have pavakka... I too love this dish :)
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  2. Pachadi looks simply fabulous..

  3. Hope u had great vishu..saw ur vishu kani amd sadhya..looks great !

  4. wow...bittergourd raita....definitely going to try this out !!!! bookmarked !!!!

  5. i have never heard of this.. but i love karela :).. thanks so much for all ur entries :)

    Ongoing Event : WTML

  6. thats a perfect pic with nice light...lovely recipe with pavakka, my hubby loves this veggie. thanks for sending to kerala kitchen

  7. nice and different way of using karela..karela raita..a very different yet delicious recipe..

  8. Being a bittergourd fan, I am sure I will love this. Thx for linking.


  9. Lovely recipe, I just posted this for my Blog hop, check it out. Thanks for a wonderful dish.