Bittergourd/Pavakka Kichadi

8 Responses

  1. Superchef says:

    I love pavakka, especially the mezhukkupuratti preparation where its nice and crisped up. Wont this be bitter if you grind the bitter gourd, even if you squeeze out the moisture?

  2. Yummy Team says:

    This kichadi is only as bitter as you expect from a bitter gourd dish 🙂 All bitter gourd fans will definitely love this kichadi..

    I figured out that squeezing out extra moisture (you can even add some water to the chopped bitter gourd and squeeze it out) and frying it in oil (browning will make it crispy and more tasty) reduces its bitterness to a great extent. If it is still very bitter you can add around 1/2 cup ground coconut-cumin mixture and more yoghurt. Hope this helps.

  3. Although there are regional variations KichaTi involves heating (near boil) after yoghurt is added. Since there is enough confusion differentiating KichaTi and PachaTi this could be left to taster’s choice.
    For example when papaya (Omaykka, kappaLanga) is used to make PachaTi it is not heated, but when KichaTi is made with the same thing, after addition of ground-coconut-curd mixture a near boil step is involved.

    Ethnic variations make the recipes very interesting. Fondness to a certain dish is developed depending on geographical placement.

    “kaaLan” is made in different ways depending on were you are from. Here is an example:

  4. Shaya says:

    Hey I made this pavaykka kichadi first time for this Onam and it came out really well..will try it again…thanks for your recipes..i am now a regular follower of yummy o yummy 🙂

  5. Yummy Team says:

    @ Shaya,
    Thanks for trying out our recipes and for letting us know how you liked it 🙂

  6. sangeetham says:

    To reduce the bitterness of bitter gaurd slice it and mix it with salt and green chillies and keep it aside for atleast 20-30min,and prepare the dishes ,never squeeze the water as all the richness will be removed.

  7. Yummy Team says:


    Thanks a lot for this tip. Will try it next time..

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