Bitter Gourd Pickle / Pavakka Achar

Scratching your head thinking what to do with that king of bitterness starring at you from your refrigerator?
Try this amazing pickle and  trust me you will love it!!
Let me warn you it is really really spicy !! You better stick to just a small spoon of the pickleJ
When I made it the other day and served for dinner, my husband thought this was the usual bittergourd fry and he had an ample portion and happily gobbled it..
…..ooph ooph..Ayyoo…some weird noises followed by he running and gulping down a bottle of hundred plus J
..Anyways after the initial trauma..we did njoy pickle!

Bitter Gourd Pickle /Pavakka Achar
Recipe Courtesy: Taste of Kerala show. You can watch the video here
2 Bitter gourd chopped finely
1 tspn salt
½ tspn Turmeric powder
3 tbspn Chili powder
1 tspn Fenugreek powder
Curry leaves 10 nos
2 Dried Red Chilies
½ tspn Mustard seeds
1 tbspn Sesame Oil

Add the salt and turmeric powder to the bitter gourd and mix well. Set aside for 10 minutes
After 10 min, spread the mix over a kitchen towel and rest it for another 5 minutes
Heat the oil in a wok and ad the mustards seed, curry leaves and red chilies. Sauté until it sizzle up
Now add the bitter gourds and stir well. Lower the flame, cover and cook for 5 minutes
Now add the chili powder and the Fenugreek powder and mix well
[You can dry roast the Fenugreek seeds and powder in a blender]
Increase the flame and sauté it until all moisture is gone.
Mind you.. it is really spicy and goes soo well with Curd riceJ


  1. I like bitter gourd very much now n this is nice ...nice pics

  2. this is making me drool....looks yummy and mouthwatering.

  3. Looks so tempting.I too prepare this pickle,in a different way though.Nice click too.

  4. i luv bittergourd in any form...sounds healthy n yummy

  5. This pickle looks good...sure my hus would love it...Nice clicks..

  6. Luvly pickle in a cute bowl..I am ready to attack :)

  7. My hubby loves it,thanks for the recipe!! :)

  8. I think I might try the recipe this evening. I have some spare time.......

  9. Beautiful clicks and achar...

  10. Kandittu kothiyavunnu..Beautiful clicks too..

  11. I love bitter gourd so this one will be gracing my table soon. Thanks.

  12. Am yet to try this achar at home,thanks for sharing.

  13. Achar looks simply delicious and mouthwatering. Wonderfully prepared.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  14. awesome recipe..Thanks for sharing..


  15. pavakka achar adipoli. I am missing it now.

  16. pavaka achar looks mouthwatering and delicious

  17. loved that pot n ofcourse the pickle..its d fav veggie at home

  18. I've never seen pavakka achar. My hubby's a HUGE fan of this veg, gotta make this for him!

  19. I will try this sometime,,,never tried karela pickle,,.

  20. LOve Bittergourd and anything made of it! This is going to be such an interesting add.. Will surely try.. You have some gorgeous recipes Ramya..



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