Gluten FreePavakkai pitlai | bitter gourd recipes | no onion no garlic recipes

Pavakkai pitlai | bitter gourd recipes | no onion no garlic recipes

I am going to share another authentic recipe, made in our home,Pavakkai pitlai recipe. Though i know the ingredients used in making pavakkai pitlai, i don’t the right proportion,since my sister taught me. It is similar to Arachuvitta Sambar.

Pavakkai pitlai recipe

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 35 Mins |Serves: 3-4

    Bitter gourd    2 small size
    Cooked toor dal   1 cup
    Black channa  1/4 cup
    Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp
    Sambar powder   2 tsp
    Oil   1 tsp
    Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
    Tamarind   a small gooseberry sized
     Salt   as needed
To roast and grind
   Urad dal  1 tblsp
   Coriander seeds   3 tsp
   Channa dal   1/2 tblsp
   Red chili  3
   Coconut   3 tblsp



  • Soak black channa over night or for 6 hours
  • Cut the bittergourd in circular shape and pressure cook it along with black channa adding little bit of salt to it and turmeric powder.
  • Heat a kadai and add oil.Temper with mustard seeds ,one red chilli nad add the tamarind extract .Add sambhar powder,asafoedita ,turmeric powder,salt and boil for 5 mins.
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  • Add the cooked bitter gourd and channa  this and boil till the raw smell goes.
  • Dry roast the urad dhal,channa dal,coriander seeds,redchilli and grind it into a smooth paste along with the coconut.
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  • Now add the toor dal and ground paste to it and once it comes to a right consistency switch off the flame.
  • Garnish curry leaves to it.



  • .The same pitlai can be made using ash gourd and brinjal instead of bitter gourd.
  • .If you forget to soak kondakadalai  | black chick peas overnight can use channa  dhal also.
  • .Instead of black channa,we can use chick peas,peanuts,and even mochai.
  • Serve hot with rice with a spoon of ghee topped on it.
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  1. Wow,i have never seen a beautifull looking pitlai like this,I can try with brinjal,coz I HATE BITTER GOURD!!!
    You have captured beautifully and my mom makes with channa dal πŸ™‚

  2. Pavakkai is something I avoid fearing the bitter taste..! But I am trying include this in our diet as much as possible. Will for sure try your version πŸ™‚

  3. You have said in the last to add thoor dal & ground paste… but you havent mentioned any thoor dal in the ingredients…. so is it cooked thoor dal that we must add?


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