Pavakka Thoran (Stir Fried Bitter Gourd)


  • Bitter Gourd (2-3)
  • Chili Powder (1 tablespoon)
  • Turmeric Powder (1/4 teaspoon)
  • White Vinegar (2-3 tablespoons)
  • Salt (1-2 tablespoons)
  • Oil (3-5 tablespoons)


Cut the bitter gourd lengthwise into halves and remove the seeds from the inside. Slice the halves into roughly two-inch long cubes and finally slice the cubes into thin sticks.

Add the bitter gourd sticks into a saucepan and add all the other ingredients (except oil) and give them a nice mix till the spices have coated the bitter gourd evenly. Leave it for 5-10 minutes.

Place the saucepan on medium-low heat and let all the liquid from the bitter gourd evaporate. This also helps the bitter gourd to absorb all the spices.

Place a frying pan on medium heat, add the oil and once the oil is heated up, add the bitter gourd and fry them for 7-10 minutes flipping them occasionally till the bitter gourd is somewhat crispy. Serve it with rice as a side, best to have it with parippu curry or moru curry.


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