Pavakka Thoran | Bitter Gourd Stir Fry

Pavakka Thoran | Bitter Gourd Stir Fry

Pavakka Thoran | Bitter Gourd Stir Fry

Pavakka Thoran is a delicious traditional styled dish with a bitter flavor that goes well with hot rice. This is one of the easiest side dishes that can be prepared at home with minimum ingredients. If you are a fan of pavakka, and you like the bitterness, then this is the right dish for you. Pavakka Thoran is uniquely prepared by blending the thinly chopped pavakka pieces with an aromatic coconut mixture and stir fried. Bitter Gourd Stir Fry is a nutritious dish full of vital nutrients required for body. Bitter gourd reduces diabetics. Usually kids do not favor Bitter Gourd Stir Fry due to the bitterness. You can reduce the bitterness to some extent by rubbing raw pavakka pieces with salt and squeezing out the water. You can explore a well detailed recipe here.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 3 people



  • Wash the bitter gourd and slice it open. Discard the seeds and pith. Slice the bitter gourd into thin pieces.
  • Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds and add chopped shallots and curry leaves. Saute for 5 minutes.
  • When it turns light brown in colour, add turmeric powder and salt. Stir in chopped pavakka pieces into the oil and mix well.
  • Grind grated coconut and green chillies into a coarse mixture and add to the bitter gourd. Do not stir. Close with a lid and cook in low flame,
  • After a few minutes, remove lid and combine well. Cook for another 2 minutes and remove pan from flame.
  • Serve the delicious thoran with rice.


You can visit this link Vendakka Mutta Thoran. You can also visit this link Cabbage Thoran
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