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March 19, 2012

Midhi Pavakkai Poriyal / Baby Bitter Gourd Poriyal

Midhi Pavakkai PoriyalBaby Bitter gourd is known as “Midhi Pavakkai” in tamil and is less bitter than when compared to the usual bitter gourd. I hate eating anything made with pavakkai / bitter gourd during child hood and I think it continues to be so even now but I love eating baby bitter gourds and I made this simple poriyal after a long time to check if my children have overcome their dislike for this vegetable and it seems they have done so and it was cleaned up without any complaints.

Midhi Pavakkai Poriyal / Baby Bitter Gourd Poriyal

You’ll need:
Midhi Pavakkai / Baby Bitter gourds – 150 gms
Onion – 1, medium
Tomato – 2, medium
Sambar powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Urad dal – 1 tsp
Garam Masala powder – 1/2 tsp (optional)
Curry leaf – 1 sprig
Salt – to taste
Oil – 1 tbsp

Wash and trim the ends of the pavakkai. Slice them into 2 or 3 pieces. Chop the onions and tomatoes finely.

Heat a pan with oil. Once hot add mustard seeds. when it splutters add the urad dal and roast till it changes color. add the finely chopped onions and sauté till it turns pink. Add the tomatoes, a pinch f salt, curry leaves and cook till the tomatoes turn mushy.

Add sliced pavakkai, sambar powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and 1/4 cup water and mix well. Close with a lid and let it cook over medium flame for 5-7 min. Check if the vegetable is cooked and soft. Sprinkle little water if it very dry. Cook further till the water has evaporated and the curry looks dry.

Serve with hot sambar or rasam rice.

  • You can also use red chilli powder instead of sambar powder.
  • Using garam masala powder is optional.
  • Using more tomatoes will lessen the bitterness of the bitter gourds.
  • You can squeeze a dash of lemon juice in the end for a variation.


  1. this curry looks awesome. looks so masaledar. :)

  2. WoW!! Nice clicks radhika. Lovely bittery poriyal...

  3. Very nice recipe,loved the color of the poriyal, a sure try soon. I do add onions to pavakkai poriyal but not tomato.

  4. nice and awesome poriyal...clicks droolling me..

  5. hey radhi porial looks very tempting and i loved the lemon juice idea. I add jaggery though

  6. This is a fav veggie at my place..especially those tiny bitter gourd variety..yumm

  7. Simply Superb. Adding lemon juice is a new idea to get rid of bitterness.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,

  8. Nice one, i love pavakkai so mich .., lovely clicks i have never used sambhar powder to poriyal

  9. my fav one, miss this one. nice addition of onion and tomato

  10. Have been wanting to try these for a long time...I tasted them once when my friend got it for her lunch at office..they were not bitter at all...Your preparation looks very yum Radhika.

  11. Delicious stir fry with sooo cute baby bitter gourds..love the recipe and the clicks so much.and yeah I never tried adding sambhar masala in bittergourds..will try this soon..


  12. Looks so perfect n delish ..nice pics

  13. awesome poriyal dear....yummy

  14. I love this pavakkai, my mom does a nice fry with it, looks superb, I think it wud go with rotis too..

  15. lovely pic.. bittergourd is one of my fav's!

  16. I eat a lot of this when I go to mom's place...I have never come across baby karelas in Mumbai.

  17. looks really yumm.loved the colour.tempting n mouthwatering......

  18. Wow!! The paavakkai poriyal looks delicious... I used to hate bitter gourd too as a child, but now I like it.. Will see if I get baby ones here :)

  19. Very delicious and flavourful dish.Loved it.
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  20. This looks totally amazing!Great pics. Bitter gourd is one of my favourites, and so healthy too.

  21. What a melody of veggies.. Yummy curry..

  22. my mom make bitter gourd this way...midhi pavakkai,i haven't tasted this but looks too tempting

  23. Curry looks very inviting. May be i should eat pavakkai after all:-)


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