Bitter Gourd Podi Recipe | Kakarakaya Karam Podi | Pavakkai Podi

Bitter Gourd Podi Recipe | Kakarakaya Karam Podi | Pavakkai Podi

Bitter Gourd Podi Recipe | Kakarakaya Karam Podi | Pavakkai Podi recipe with step-by-step pictures and instructions. It is a spicy condiment made with bitter gourd and spices. Bitter Gourd is called Kakarakaya in Telugu, pavakkai in Tamil, and karela in Hindi. This spicy, aromatic, and flavorful podi from Andhra goes well with rice, idli, or dosa.

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Bitter gourd is one of the vegetables where most people hate to eat it. But I love to eat pavakkai masala which my mom makes and it won’t have the bitter taste. If you cook it right way, you will enjoy it. It has lot of health benefits and good for diabetics and helps in weight loss. Now I am in love with this podi which is absolutely flavorful. 

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SHHH COOKING SECRETLY CHALLENGE

The challenge for this month in Shhh Secretly cooking challenge FB group is Fear not the bitter suggested by Seema who blogs at MildlyIndian. She has so many interesting recipes in her blog and I have bookmarked her Karela chips to try soon. As soon as theme is announced, I decided to make this pavakkai podi. I bookmarked this recipe from Aruna’s blog long back.

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My partner for this month is Renu who is another amazing blogger. Her blog is treasure trove to so many North Indian and healthy baking recipes. I bookmarked her watermelon rind sabji to try soon. I gave her Dates and fennel seeds and she made healthy Sprouted methi sabji. She gave me garlic and tamarind and I made this spicy bitter gourd podi. 

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Check out other condiments recipes from the blog

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Homemade Murukku flour

Chaat Masala

Coriander Powder

Pepper Powder

Cardamom Powder

Cumin Powder

Homemade Rasam Powder

Yields 1 cup

Bitter Gourd Podi Recipe | Kakarakaya Karam Podi | Pavakkai Podi

Bitter Gourd podi is a spicy condiment made with bitter gourd and spices.

20 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • Bitter gourd 250 gms
  • Coriander seeds 1 tbsp
  • Urad dal 1 tbsp
  • Chana dal 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds / jeera 1.5 tsp
  • Garlic pods 12
  • Red chillies 12-15
  • Tamarind small amla size
  • Jaggery powder 1/2 tsp
  • salt as per taste
  • Coconut 1/4 cup
  • Oil 2 tsp

Instructions

  1. Wash, dry the bitter gourd with tissue and chop them finely.
  2. Add salt to the bitter gourd and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Dry roast coriander seeds in a pan till aromatic. Add cumin and mustard to it and sauté for a minute and remove off the flame.
  4. Then dry roast urad dal and chana dal in the same pan till golden.
  5. Then dry roast the garlic.
  6. Add red chilli to it.
  7. Finally add tamarind to it and remove from the flame.
  8. Then roast the grated coconut.
  9. Roast nicely till golden.
  10. Squeeze the pavakkai to remove all the water.
  11. Then roast the bitter gourd in oil.
  12. Roast in low flame till it is brown and nicely roasted.
  13. Allow all of them to cool down.
  14. Then take in mixer along with salt and jaggery powder.
  15. Grind them to coarse powder.
  16. Cool down and store in air tight container.
  17. Spicy and flavorful bitter gourd podi is ready.

Notes

Squeezed bitter gourd water can be used for kneading the chapati dough.

Chop the bitter gourd finely or you can grate them too.

You can add some 1-2 tsp ground nuts and sesame seeds to the podi. I skipped it.

Make sure all ingredients are roasted nicely without any moisture.

Podi keeps well for 2 weeks outside and you can store longer in fridge.

Always store in air tight container and use clean spoon for longer shelf life.

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How to make Bitter Gourd Podi with step by step pictures

Wash, dry the bitter gourd with tissue and chop them finely.

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Add salt to the bitter gourd and keep it aside for 30 minutes.

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Dry roast coriander seeds in a pan till aromatic. Add cumin and mustard to it and sauté for a minute and remove off the flame.

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Then dry roast urad dal and chana dal in the same pan till golden.

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Next dry roast the garlic and add red chilli to it.

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Finally add tamarind to it and remove from the flame.

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Then roast the grated coconut.

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Roast nicely till golden.

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Squeeze the pavakkai to remove all the water. Then roast the bitter gourd in oil.

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Roast in low flame till it is brown and nicely roasted. Allow all of them to cool down.

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Then take in mixer along with salt and jaggery powder.

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Grind them to coarse powder.

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Cool down and store in air tight container. Spicy and flavorful bitter gourd podi is ready.

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18 thoughts on “Bitter Gourd Podi Recipe | Kakarakaya Karam Podi | Pavakkai Podi”

  • This was on my to-do list ever since Aruna made it and I have yet to make it. Now seeing your try with this, I hope to make this healthy and delicious podi soon.
  • Karam podis are so useful for busy days. I love the way this bittergourd karam podi looks, I am sure my husband and I will get a lot of use out of it.
  • I love podia but some how this is the only one that I am yet to tryout. I always wonder how to make karelas crispyfor powdering. I will try out this recipe.
  • Oh my God! This is so awesome and totally new for me. My son is very fond of podis. He loves them with ghee rice and he is equally fond of karela. This is going to be a double whammy for him. Will definitely try it.
  • I'm not a big fan of karela but if you're telling me that this bitter gourd podi is not bitter, then I'd really love to try out the recipe. I remember seeing the recipe on Aruna's blog and thought of trying out the recipe. Now you have tried it out and you're encouraging me to give it a try.
  • It's been along time that I wanted to try this bitter gourd podi but but never got a chance to it.. the recipe sounds so flavourful and this is such a handy and nutritious side dish with dal rice or even just parathas.. will surely now try our with your recipe.
  • What an absolutely brilliant way to consume bitter gourd! I'm sure this podi will be very flavourful with the coconut, jaggery and tamarind going in..would love to have this with some piping hot rice!
  • Wow what a delicious and yum chutney powder. We do get a lot of fresh bitter gourd now I can definitely make some. The season too is perfect. Love it nams and bitter gourd chutney powder is getting on my todo list .
  • Podi powder is must in kitchen. I love to try different podi powders to have with my rice, idly or even on toast. This recipe sounds so flavourful and yum thanks dear for sharing :)
  • I love karela and I tried out this podi last year when Arina shared it. Since then, I am making it often. It is such a flavorful and aromatic podi with fenugreek.
  • Using karela in a podi is a brilliant idea. I love how good it looks and I feel that it would have smelled amazing too...
  • Podis are. A life saver many a times. Bitter gourd podi sounds incredible. I would love to make it for my hubby who loves karela. Loved the detailed explanation Narmadha.
  • Bitter gourd podi came out very well Narmada, this podi is one of my favourite podi and one fav bitter gourd recipe. I love to have it with hot idlis and dollop of ghee and even with upma..
  • This is on my to do list in a long time. I think high time I make it now . A very healthy podi to be had with hot rice and ghee
  • This is such a good way to include bitter gourd regularly in our diet. One of the best ways is to make this podi and eat it regularly. I must give this podi a try soon.

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