Bitter Gourd Pulikari / Pavakkai Pulikari


  • Chopped bitter gourd -2 cup
  • Tamarind pulp - 1 lemon size
  • Citron / Narthangai Pickle - a piece(or you can use whole narthangai)
  • Sliced onion-1 large
  • Chopped tomatoes-1
  • Green chilli -1
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds-1 tsp
  • Dry red chilli - 2
  • Curry Leaves-2tbsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Fennel powder-2 tsp
  • salt to taste.
  • Oil-1 tblsp


Boil the chopped bitter guard with little salt. Cool it and squeeze the excess water. This reduces the bitterness slightly.

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, dry red chillies.


Add chopped onion, green chillies and tomatoes.

Then add the boiled bitter guard to it.

Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, fennel powder and salt.

Soak the tamarind in water and add the pulp to the gravy. You can adjust the tamarind water according to your taste.

Finally add a little piece of citron pickle to it.

Serve hot with rice.


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