While I was young, I didn’t like bitter gourd, but over the years had started liking them. My grandma make sure to make bitter gourd curry called Pitla at least once in week. Since my dad like that curry, mom also started making it. First mom used to say don’t eat bitter gourd just try the gravy. Slowly I started liking the gravy, and thus got courage to try the veggies. And finally bitter gourd became my favorite. Now I make curry whenever I get a chance to get hold of them. My husband loves this Pavakka kichadi he always tells me if you make this curry I can buy Pavakka/ Bitter gourd.
Earlier I used my mom’s recipe to make this curry, but one day I watched a YouTube video my favorite cook Pachayidom Mohanan Namboothiri, and hooked to his recipe and started making it his way. Yes it is really easy recipe. I think even though in his television show’s he makes everything in bulk quantities, he is a good teacher and gives you the tips and ratios very correctly.
If you follow the steps correctly you will get the tasty dish in the end. His video taught me how to make delicious Sweet banana chips which I was struggling for 3-4 times earlier. I would love to get cooking lessons from him if possible.
This is simple recipe, first you need to fry the veggies with some green chilies and curry leaves. Then add ground paste of coconut and mustard along with yogurt into the fried bitter gourd and add salts. Then add seasoning in the end. Enjoy. I think you need to make ahead by least an hour before serving them.
Delicious, it goes well with rice; my hubby even likes it with chapathi/roti. Only cooking part is the frying of veggies, after that you done. This dish is traditional one served during the feast/Sadya during festivals, marriages or any other functions. Give it a try you will love it for sure nothing can go wrong with coconut, yogurt and spices.