Bittergourd tomato curry(pavakka thakkali curry)

Main Dish
4 servings
10 min
20 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
Bittergourd/Pavakka - 1 large, deseeded and sliced finely

Tomato - 1 small ,Chopped

Shallots -1 cup sliced

Garlic cloves -6-7 slices

Chilli powder -1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Tamarind  paste -1 tablespoon

Mustard seeds -1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves - a string

Oil - 2 tablespoons

Asafoetida  - a pinch

Fenugreek powder - a pinch

Salt as required


  • Marinate the bittergourd pieces with salt and keep it for somethime.Drain the water coming from it out through a strainer.
  • Heat oil in a pan.Splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves .Saute it.To this add sliced shallots,garlic and bittergourd and saute again.Add chopped tomato and saute .
  • Now add chilli powder,turmeric powder,asafoetida and saute till raw small goes.To this pour tamarind paste along with one cup water and allow it to boil.
  • Now sprinkle the fenugreek powder and reduce the fire to low and cook until the gravy thickens.Serve with rice.


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