recipe image

Small Tender Bittergourd (Midhi Pavakai) Curry

karela shallow fried

Recipe by rajeswari of pune, IN

small or young tender immature bittergourds are not much bitter.(haagalakay,kaakarakaaya).They will be less than 1 inch.Don't choose yellow ones.

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 1/2 kg bittergourd
    • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    • 1 tsp red chilli powder
    • 1/4 asefotida powder
    • 1 tbsp oil
    • Salt,to taste


    1. Wash and wipe small tender bitter gourd. Cut into 2 halves.
    2. Don't throw away seeds.
    3. Seeds gives more taste for this type of bitter gourd.
    4. Rub them with 1/4 tsp salt.
    5. Take a pan and heat oil and add mustard seeds.
    6. After it crackles, add the bitter-gourd, turmeric powder, asefotida powder and red chilli powder.
    7. Saute in between.It will be cooked in 5 minutes.It shrinks in quantity.
    8. Add little salt.Take care that you had already added some salt to it.
    9. Pavakai curry is ready.