Pavakkai/Pakarkkai/Bittergourd Podi

Pakarkkai podi is a slightly bitter,tangy mouthwatering  podi which an be mixed along with the rice or served as an accompaniment for curd rice.
I got this recipe from a T.V show and tried this one and it came out so delicious and tasty.Since then I started it making it frequently.This podi can be made with readily available ingredients and stored in room temperature for a week,now to the recipe.......


Red chilly8-10nos.
Shallots/chinna vengayam6nos.
Cumin seeds/jeergam2tsp
Tamarind/puligooseberry size
Mustard seeds/kadugu1tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai2sprigs


                      Grate or coarsely grind the bittergourd and add a tsp of salt and keep it for 30 minutes.After 30 minutes squeeze the excess water and keep the bittergourd aside.
Heat the oil and crackle mustard seeds and curry leaves then add the bittergourd.Fry it until it turns light brown,stir in between every two minutes to prevent burning.
Meanwhile grind coarsely coconut,small onion,red chillies,tamarind and cumin seeds without adding water.Add it to the fried bittergourd and salt,cook it in a medium heat until it turns brown and crumbly.
Bittergourd podi is ready.Store it in a container.

  • Squeeze the grated bittergourd completely to remove the excess moisture.
  • Fry the grated bittergourd in a medium flame to prevent burning.
  • After adding the ground coconut fry it in a low flame and stir in between. 
  • Use the fresh tamarind not the paste otherwise it won't become dry.
  • Instead of grating the bittergourd in a grater use a chopper or pulse it in a blender to make it quicker.


Healthy podi! Perfect with white rice.

Pavakkai podi is something very new to me...sounds very interesting and yummy

nice podi ...thanks for sharing...bookmarked.....will try for my father as he is a diabetic person...healthy version and how abt the bitterness?

nice clicks dear.. i always like bitter gourd.. will try it..

Quiet new to me !! looks delicious !!

Wat a healthy podi, i tasted once at my aunt's place and loved it. Thanks for sharing,i'll make some soon.

What a delicious and healthy podi!!! I make it in a very similar way and love this one!!

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looks very yummy and delicious.. lovely presentation..

A must try recipe, thanks for sharing Nalini !!

i too have in archive. love this podi a lot :)

Have heard of this but never tasted it, looks so awesome..

This is a new recipe to me! Interesting..shall try this next time.

When do I add the tamarind Nalini and how? It's a new recipe for me and need help.Thanks.

Hi Spicesandspices,Thanks for dropping,you have a wonderful space with inviting pictures..
The tamarind needs to be ground along with the coconut and shallots,I updated it...

Wow, Something new. Looks very yummy.

Excellent recipe.I made it for lunch today and served with buttermilk bottle gourd kozhambu with rice and pappardelle. It was Devine.thank you very much.

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