Pavakka and Nellikka Chammanthi


Pavakka Chammanthi




Recipe Courtesy –  Pazham Pappadam Payasam


1. Pavakka – 1/2 cup, thinly sliced

Shallots – 2

2. Grated coconut – 1 cup

Tamarind – Small goose berry sized OR 3 – 4 mango slices, roughly chopped

Green chilly / dried red chillies  – 3 or chilly powder – 1/2 tsp (If you are using dry red chillies, dry roast them at medium heat for a few minutes until crispy)

Curry leaves – 4 – 5

Salt – To taste

3. Oil – 1 tsp or as required


Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Saute the bitter gourd pieces until golden. Add sliced shallots and saute for a few minutes. Switch off. Set aside to cool. Grind it along with the ingredients numbered 2 to a smooth mixture adding little water if necessary. Shape into a ball. Serve with rice.

Nellikka Chammanthi



Nellikka Chammanthi


Gooseberries -3 large

Coconut – 1/2 cup

Green chillies – 2 – 3

Pearl onion – 2

Curry leaves – A few

Salt – To taste


Wash the goose berries. Remove the seeds in the middle. Grind with the remaining ingredients in a mixer.

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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