Bitter gourd kichadi for all those who can stand a little bit of bitterness 🙂
You know how people from North and South Kerala still continue to differ on recipes of kichadi and pachadi. I guess there is no right or wrong ,what's in the name when you relish the curry right!!! Really thick version of this curry is usually served for feasts.Okay before you start thinking is this served in my place.. I will come back with the white recipe soon if ur side of Kerala does not serve this for Sadhya!!!:))
I can tell you that pavakka kichadi has perfect balance of flavors with salty,sweet ,sour and of course lil bitterness.This age old recipe comes to you directly from our Granny.
We generally use white bitter gourd to make kichadi at home but I have used green ones here which have a really strong bitter taste.
Bitter gourds-3 small
Coconut grated- 1/2 cup
Jeera/ cumin- a small pinch
Green chili- 1-2
Yogurt / curd- 1 cup(really sour)
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Mustard- 1/2 tsp
whole red chili-1 -2
Curry leaves -a few
Salt to taste
Small pinch of sugar
Use coconut oil
- Add bitter gourd to curry when both have cooled down or the curry will taste slightly more bitter.
- You may make it very thick or little bit watery to pour on top of rice.
- I prefer the cover and cook method to deep frying one for all the nutritional value.
One of my dear readers PKT have suggested a brilliant idea of replacing fresh bitter gourd with dried one (kondattam/ vattal) to reduce bitterness.
PS: A full plate of rice simply shows our love for serving a meal .Please don't mistake it as our portion sizes everyday:))
Hope to hear from you guys.
That's an ipad??? Or a tab?? Tell me fast pls 🙂 This recipe is something new to me or as u said the name differs in different parts of Kerala.. Have not heard of using pavakka in moru curry... But am soo happy that u shared this.. I was looking for new recipes with bitter gourd and here comes urs.. Bookmarked.. And ur platter of kuthari choru & meen varuthathu is tempting me now !!
Hey Chitz,suspense annu ,gadget alla more valuable thing :)It is really surprising to find so many variation in moru curries in such a small state right!
Hope you will try it and let me know .
Bitter gourd is cooked for my other's half diabetics and yogurt is something I must have everyday. When both of these are combined, its a dish we both simply love. The Asian flavors are so alive as I can see from the pictures.
Nava,thank you I spent a lot of time perfecting my Asian cooking skill:)
Never knew that u cud add bitter gourd to moru curry ! looks healthy and flavorful ! does the curd help with alleviating the bitterness ?:)is that a kitchen gadget in that pack???
Reni,curd does help in reducing bitterness.No dear :))
Aiyo ravile kothippikkukayano? Looks delicious and the pictures look wonderful..
I know what's in the pack but not telling you 😉
ohhh wow... something new and interesting recipe Meena, as i always make stuffed bitter gourd, which is quite common in north india, next time i will gonna make this!!!
'Grumble grumble grumble, why am I not having this for lunch today' is what the tummy is saying Meena. That pavakka kichadi is something that has been forgotten for long here! We do it a bit different - No turmeric powder! (Although, I think it does give a welcome colour to it.)Pinne kurachu chuvannulliyum idum. I'm so going to fry some fish and do a Kerala meal for lunch tomorrow! If I can get a bitter gourd, then I will make this too 🙂
And what is in that pack? Hey, didn't you win Rafee's event some time back? Is it her gift? 🙂
He heee...Rekha its always the other way round u cook and I drool :).
He heee.. Priya.. I am glad the pics are pushing u to make a nadan lunch.
Good catch dear!!
Preeti,If the stuffed karelas did not need so much of oil I would have made that often.Please try and lemmee knoww...
Kichdi with bitter gourd ., wow must be amazing!
Ya curd does reduces bitterness.
am sure using bitter guard with curd would reduce the bitterness...morukari with this is something new
this is very new to me ,thanks for sharing ,it is easy and simple.
i always get to learn different kerala curries, because we people from "malabar" only know how to make fish curry!!! 😀 i love that last pic, can't wait to see ur post darling... xoxo..
Yummy pavakka kichadi..perfect with rice..
nice combo.. bitter gourd looks too good.
Bittergourd in Yogurt looks lovely.. Very unique and tempting Meena 🙂
Combo works with me. Love karelas now can make it this way.
Priya Kheroun Tessy
Meena, thats my H's favourite, only difference as u said, its white in colour. Have tried the same with kaipakka kondattam..those who prefer a lil bit less bitterness can go for it I guess. Thanks for posting this recipe and reminding me that I have not made this since ages. And the parcel..is it a cookery book?
He hee Rafee..fish curry is always a life saver!.Thank you dear.
Veena thank you and thanks for stopping here:)
Nilu ,thank you.
Linsy I know! combos work with me too.Thanks dear.
Thank you dear.Ya I guess I will put an update saying about the kondattom idea.Hmm.. clever guess that is absolutely right:))
Anupa Joseph (Palaharam)
I love the second pic...aa kichadi kooti choru unnan thonnunu 🙂
He heee satyam Anupa!I too liked that shot but just to give an idea of how it looks I put the rest.
Ambreen (Simply Sweet 'n Savory)
Interesting recipe, delicious kichadi for bitter-gourd lovers!
Thank you, Ambreen.