Pavakkai Pitlai (Bitter Gourd and Groundnut Curry)

Pavakkai Pitlai (Bitter Gourd and Groundnut Curry) recipe shared by Priyanka Dave from India Food Network.

Pavakkai Pitlai (Bitter Gourd and Groundnut Curry)Pavakkai Pitlai recipe is a kind of sambar made using bitter gourd and peanut in a fresh ground masala with coconut base. Bittergourd pitlai recipe is an easy to make dish and even goes great with roti. Pavakkai pitlai gourd and groundnut curry is a famous Kuzhambu in Kerala and some parts of Kanyakumari district.





Pavakkai Pitlai (Bitter Gourd and Groundnut Curry)
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Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2
  • 1.5 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 cup chopped bitter gourd
  • Pinch turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Hing dissolved in water
  • 1/3 cup boiled peanuts
  • Gosseberry sized tamarind dissolved in water
  • 2.5 tbsp Pitlai powder
  • 1 tbsp jaggery
  • Coriander leaves
  1. In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. Once it crackles, add curry leaves, karela, turmeric, hing and cook on a medium flame for a minute.
  2. Add tamarind water. Cook on a medium flame till raw aroma of tamarind disappears.
  3. Add pitlai powder , peanuts and enough water for gravy consistency.
  4. Simmer on a medium flame with jaggery for 2 minutes.
  5. Garnish with coriander (optional) and serve with rice and appalam or flatbreads.



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