Pavakkai (Bitter Gourd) Sambar Recipe

Pavakkai SambarIngredients for preparing Pavakkai Sambar

  • Pavakkai (Bitter gourd) – 2
  • Kujulli (Shallots) – 1 cup
  • Thakkali (Tomato) – 1
  • Sambar Parippu ( Toor dal) – 1 cup
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Puli (Tamarind) – gooseberry sized ball
  • Grated Coconut – 1 cup
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds powder  – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida powder – A pinch
  • Coconut oil – As needed
  • Mustard  seeds
  • Dry red chilli – 2
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt as needed

Steps for preparing Pavakkai Sambar

  1. Thoroughly wash toor dal and soak in water for 15 minutes. Pressure cook dal with turmeric powder and curry leaves.
  2. Heat a pan pour little oil, add chopped shallots and fry for a while, then add chopped bitter gourd. Stir them for 4- 5 minutes and finally add chopped tomato. Close the pan and allow it to cook in low flame.
  3. Roast grated coconut with curry leaves till it becomes brown, then keep the flame in medium. Add red chilli powder, coriander powder and grind this to fine paste.
  4. When bitter gourd is cooked mix it with dal, boil it for 5 minutes. Add tamarind juice, salt as needed, asafoetida powder and fenugreek seeds powder.
  5. Finally add the coconut mixture boil it with low flame till the gravy thickens.
  6. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and allow it to crack, add dry red chillies and curry leaves. Pour it to the sambar.




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