August 31, 2011

Pavakai Bhaaji

Today is my first participation in The Blog Hop Wednesday. Im paired with Sumedha of Sumee's Culinary Bites for this week. As soon as I visited her site and was looking for recipes , I found this Karela Bhaaji. I knew that very instant that this would be the recipe for the blog hop. There are awesome stuff on her blog, was even in a dilemma later on thinking if I should change my decision. But I stuck with it - Karela Bhaaji. We call it pavakai (Pakarkai). I personally dont like bitter gourd. Its never cooked at my parents place as my father gave it away in Varanasi (Transliterated from Tamil). When my dad went to perform the final rites for my grandfather in Varanasi, its a custom to not eat a vegetable and fruit you like a lot thereon. So my dad's fav veggie was bitter gourd. He actually likes food bitter. Even the french beans its at times bitter and he likes it. At our home my MIL, FIL, hubby BILs everybody love bitter gourd. Im the odd person out. Though its just the two of us here now, when we went weekly shopping I bought Bitter gourd. And I thought Il try this type and taste it. I made a few tweaks though, not major just added some garnishing!! It came out really well.
Bitter Gourd - 4
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Chili Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - a little
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking

Cut the bitter gourd into two vertically, and remove all the seeds. I used the small one which fits into your palm, they are very tasty. I chopped them finely so that I dont see bitter gourd on my plate!!
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and once it splutters; add urad dal, curry leaves, bitter gourd and saute for a few minutes
Add onions and tomatoes and cook till onions are golden brown.
Add all the other ingredients and saute. Once its cooked well, serve with rice or chapathis. We are rice gobblers. So we had this with rice, dal and papad.

Thanks again to Sumedha for this wonderful recipe and to Radhika for the wonderful opportunity to work with different people.

Bon Appetit!!


Priya Sreeram said...

i love pavakkai and this bhaaji looks good !

Santosh Bangar said...

syire is healthy

Priya said...

Looks delicious and inviting..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

That looks great, this is one veggie, which doesn't get any value in my house, I guess I need to reintroduce it in my diet.

Sumee said...

Thanks for blog hopping and trying my fav recipe. I am sure you will soon fall in love with karela. :o)

vaishali sabnani said...

karelas r always delicious to eat...i m sure u will start eating them now:)))

veena krishnakumar said...

This looks delicious.....i am sure i will start cooking them again:-)