Posted by Anjus on Dec - 13 - 2011 under Bitter gourd, Kerala dishes, Mezhakuperatty, Side dish, Vegetarian
  • Bitter gourd: 3 nos. (medium)
  • Onion: 2 or Shallots: 8-10
  • Ginger: 1/2 tbsp
  • Garlic: 2-3 pods
  • Green chilly: 1
  • Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Chilly powder (optional): 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Coconut chunks (optional): 1/2 cup
  • Curry leaves
  • Dried chilly: 1-2
  • Mustard seeds
  • Oil
Cuisine: Cooking time: 20-25 mins Serving: 3-4 people

Initial Preparations:

  • Wash, clean and slice bitter gourd into thin pieces.
  • Chop the onion or shallots, ginger, garlic and green chilly.
  • Make thin coconut chunks and keep it aside.

Pavakka Mezhukuperaty


  1. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds.
  2. Add chopped onion and when it becomes translucent, add ginger, garlic and dried chilly, saute well until its raw smell disappear.
  3. Add green chilly and curry leaves.
  4. Add coconut chunks if required and fry it well.
  5. Add turmeric powder, followed by red chilly powder. Stir well to get mixed.
  6. Add bitter gourd pieces, enough salt and saute well.
  7. Add very little amount of water to cook the pieces.
  8. Cover it with a lid and cook in low flame for 5-6 minutes.
  9. Add pepper powder and mix well.
  10. Cook it open for few more minutes, and let the water content evaporate. Make sure it doesn’t get burned ;).
  11. Remove it from flame and serve with rice.


  • If you want to reduce the bitter taste of it, you may immerse the bitter gourd pieces in salt water for 20-30 minutes and drain the water content before cooking.
  • It becomes more tastier if the bitter gourds are marinatedĀ  with all powders and enough salt prior to cooking.


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