Bitter Melon in Tomato Based Curry/ Pavakkai Thakkali Curry / Karela-Tamatar Salan

Bitter Melon in Tomato Based Curry/ Pavakkai Thakkali Curry / Karela-Tamatar Salan

Pavakka Thakkali Kuzhambu:

Bitter Gourd – Tomato Curry. Kaakarkai Tomato Pulusu.


Bitter Gourd 1/2 kilo
Tomato 1/2 kilo
Onion 1 small bulb- grated
Garlic 7-8 pods crushed- puree
Coconut – grated 1/2 cup
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Asafoetida 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Peppercorns 2
Fenugreek seeds 4
Curry leaves few
Sesame oil 1/4 cup.


Dry toast the coconut and set aside.

Heat oil in a wok, add the sliced bitter gourd and fry till crisp. Set aside.

In a wide vessel, heat remaining oil. Add the tempering spices(last 7 ingredients) and wait till they sizzle a little.

Now followed by garlic, onions and tomatoes…wait till the raw odor is gone. Add salt, turmeric and chili powders. Bring this to curry like consistency.

Now add the toasted coconut and fried veggies. Continue cooking briefly, maybe till the veggies are soaked in the curry. That’s it, its done.

Serve warm to go with your steamed rice or flat breads. Enjoy.


8 Responses so far.

  1. divya says:

    Soooo delicious and simply superb curry….

  2. Biny Anoop says:

    i hope with this recipe i can make my H eat this bitter veg

  3. Akila says:

    paakum pothe… my mouth is watering here….

  4. Priya says:

    Never tried out bittergourd with tomato as curry, interesting dish..

  5. fabulous presentation of this bitter vege…..thanks for sharing

  6. bittery and looks delish nice blog …….nice to visit u r blog…

  7. Madhu says:

    My hubby loves your blog. Every time he cooks he looks and cooks from yours :) .

  8. Ambreen says:

    This looks so good. I love bitter gourd dishes, although never tried it in a curry.

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