Pavakka Thoran | Bitter Gourd Thoran

RugminiKamalan R
Pavakka Thoran | Bitter Gourd Thoran

Pavakka Thoran Easy

Pavakka Thoran is a traditional Kerala style Bitter Gourd Curry cooked with lots of fresh coconut and in coconut oil for an authentic touch and flavour. Pavakka or Bitter Gourd is a characteristic veggie with a bitter flavor. While preparing Bittergourd Thoran, you can reduce the bitterness by rubbing salt into the chopped pavakka pieces and squeezing out water. If you like the bitterness you can definitely go ahead with preparation. Usually kids do not favor the healthy dish due to the bitter flavor. This is one of the easiest of dishes that can be prepared in a jiffy with limited ingredients. Thoran can be prepared with many other veggetables like beans, carrot, cabbage too. It is sometimes served as one of the item in a Sadya meal. It is cooked dry and this yummy and healthy side dish can be relished with either rice or chapattis This Thoran is a unique tasty dish with chopped pavakka pieces blended with a spicy coconut mixture and stir fried. Pavakka or Bitter Gourd is a nutritious vegetable and reduces diabetics. You can explore a well illustrated Thoran dish here.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 3 people



  • For preparing Pavakka Thoran, first clean the bitter gourd well and remove the seeds found inside it.
  • Finely chop the pavakka.
  • Mix together finely chopped pavakka, onions, green chillies, grated coconut, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Heat oil in a pan or a kadai.
  • Splutter mustard seeds and saute dry red chillies and curry leaves.
  • Add the pavakka-coconut mixture and mix well.
  • Cover and cook on a low flame.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • When it gets cooked, remove the lid and continue to cook, till Pavakka Thoran is done.


You can explore this dish Vellarikka Thoran | Cucumber Thoran
You can also visit Cabbage Thoran
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Response (6)
  1. m
    manju October 30, 2006

    it`s good.but what to do for bitterness.? could u please give some tips to reduce bitterness.

  2. p
    priti balaji August 29, 2006

    This Receipe was very good. Authentic taste and easy to make.The bitterness of the bittergourd is totally taken off and we loved it.

  3. m
    manju patole November 17, 2008

    To reduce the bitterness i would advise you to sprinkle salt when u chop the gourd n keep it aside for some time n then squeeze out the water n then add the rest of the ingredients in it n fry it..

  4. r
    rose June 15, 2012

    Great! nice naadan recipe.

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