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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pavakka Theeyal / Bittergourd Theeyal


Theeyal is a delicious dish in Kerala. It has a rich distinct taste which makes it a distinct curry.
This recipe uses Pavakka or Bittergourd as the main ingredient.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Sliced shallots(Pearl Onion) - 15 nos
  • Slit Green Chilly- 4 nos
  • BitterGourd / Pavakka- 1 Medium Size
  • Grated Coconut- ½ cup
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1½ tsp
  • Coriander Powder- 1½ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder-¼ tsp
  • Fenugreek Powder- a pinch
  • Tamarind - A gooseberry sized ball
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Curry Leaves - a few
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil - 2 tsp

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan add Grated coconut and saute till brown.
  • Add chilly powder and coriander powder and stir for a few minutes.
  • Remove from fire and allow to cool.
  • Grind it to a fine paste.
  • Soak tamarind in ¼ cup of warm water and take the extract from it.
  • Cut Bittergourd / Pavakka into small pieces.
  • Heat remaining oil in a pan.
  • Add sliced onions, Green Chilly and saute, till they turn golden brown colour.
  • Add Pavakka and saute for another 3 minutes.
  • Add turmeric Powder,salt and water,allow to cook.
  • Add tamarind juice and allow to boil.
  • Add coconut paste and let it to boil till the gravy thickens and oil seperates.
  • Remove from the fire and add curry leaves.
  • Sprinkle fenugreek powder and mix well.
Recommended Combination: Pavakka / Bittergourd Theeyal can be served hot with Rice.

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