Pavakka Parippu Curry


Pavakka Parippu Curry is an innovative dish, very tasty and uniquely spiced. The dish goes well with hot rice for noon day meals. Bitter gourd is a nutritious vegetable good for diabetic patients. This vegetable is known for its strong bitter taste. In most preparations it is combined with ingredients like yogurt, tamarind, coconut etc to mask its bitterness. In today’s special recipe, bitter gourd is cooked along with lentils. Lentils subdue the bitterness and thus you get the nutrition of both lentils and bitter gourd in one go. Tamarind gives a slightly tangy flavor and the sweetness of sugar, simply works wonder. In a nutshell, you can note Pavakka Parippu Curry as a combination of different flavors – bitterness, tanginess, hotness and sweetness as well. But it all works well together. It blends well and none of them stands out. And this is what makes the dish so unique and special. I am deeply in love with this Malayalee dish.

Another advantage of the dish is that, Pavakka Parippu Curry is one of the easiest preparations that will save much of your time. Kids usually stay far from bitter gourd, but surprisingly they seem to like the dish. It might be the sweetness that attracts them. I personally do not like bitter gourds. But when I tasted this innovative twist, i had fallen for the dish. I love it with chappatis. Simple dal curry now tastes bland, but with all these flavors added, the simple dal curry has turned exotic. I had skipped sugar as an option, but yet Pavakka Parippu Curry tasted so heavenly. Dal is rich in protein and bitter gourds are equally nutritious, rich in vital nutrients required for body. You can explore a well detailed Pavakka Parippu Curry recipe here that can be easily prepared at home.

Pavakka Parippu Curry

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 People



  • Cook the dhal by adding 2 cup water and cook for 2 whistles.
  • Mean time dry roast the red chilly powder and coriander powder for 5 minutes in low to medium flame.
  • Add the chopped pavakka into the cooked dhal. Add sugar and salt as required.
  • Add turmeric powder and tamarind water. Again pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  • Grind the coconut by adding roasted chilly masala and a half cup of water to make a fine paste.
  • Add it into cooked pavakka, bring it to a boil and remove it from flame. Finally proceed with tempering. Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves. Pour it over the curry.
  • Serve this delicious curry with steamed rice.


You can visit this link Authentic Dal Fry. You can also visit this link Cheera Parippu Curry.
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