Bitter Gourd Pitlai, Pavakkai Pitlai Recipe, Pakarkaai Pitlai, Kathirikai Pitlai

Bitter gourd Pitlai Recipe Bitter Gourd Pitlai Recipe is one of the famous Tamil recipes from South India. It can be considered as one of the healthy recipes and best food to lower your blood glucose levels.

Many of us hate bitter gourd because of its bitterness, but you should be aware of its nutritional values, it is fond of Vitamin B elements, zinc, phosphorus and high in dietary fiber.

So this recipe not only good for diabetic patients but also weight conscious. It also acts as a blood purifier. Apart from this all, this recipe is low in bitterness as we tried to remove its bitterness by soaking in salt water.

Many of us think bitter gourd fry has less bitterness as its oil fried. So I also mentioned this recipe in my previous posts.


Bitter gourd – 2 (medium sized)

Coconut grated – 1/2 cup

Red gram (Toovar dal) – 1/2 cup

Chickpeas – 3/4 cup

Black gram (Urad dal) – 2 tsp.

Green Chillies – 3 no.

Tamarind paste – 1 1/2 tsp.

Coriander seeds – 1 1/2 tsp.

Dry red chillies – 3

Jaggery – small marble sized

Peppercorn – 1/4 tsp.

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Mustard seeds – a pinch

Curry leaves – 1 tsp.

Water – 2 cups

Tomato paste – 1 tsp. (Colouring agent, optional)

Oil – to saute

Salt – as per your taste

Preparation of Bitter gourd Pitlai Recipe:

  • Slice bitter gourd and keep them in salt water for five minutes (optional)
  • By soaking in salt water, bitterness reduces
  • Heat oil and saute bitter gourd and green chillies.
  • Add turmeric powder, tamarind paste, salt and 2 cups of water.
  • Cook on low flame until tender.
  • While it’s cooking, heat oil in a separate pan and add urad dal, red chillies, coriander seeds and peppercorns.
  • Once they are roasted, add coconut grate and saute for a while.
  • Grind above roast by adding tomato paste.
  • Add this paste to bitter gourd.
  • Add toovar dal and cook further for a while.
  • Once done, take off from the flame.
  • Heat few drops of oil and fry mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Pour these seasonings over Bitter gourd Pitlai Recipe.

Rambabu Uppada

I am Rambabu Uppada, founder of Indian Recipe Info. I am fond of food, I thought of sharing my cooking experience with you all. I designed each recipe in such a way that you can simply follow my steps and prepare restaurant rich recipes at your home.

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