Pavakka Achaar (Bitter gourd country pickle)

Pavakka Achaar (Bitter gourd country pickle)

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Servings: 6
Calories: 116


  • 1.1 lb Bitter gourd karcla, cut into thick rounds, seeds removed
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds methi dana
  • 1 3/4 floz Sesame til oil
  • 10 Green chillies slit into half
  • 1 oz Garlic lasan, chopped
  • 1 oz Ginger adrak, chopped
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds raj
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves kadhi patta
  • 1 tsp Turmeric haldi powder
  • 2 tbsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida hing
  • 3/4 cup Salt solution
  • 3/4 cup Vinegar sirka


  • Sun-dry the bitter gourds till they wilt.
  • Dry roast 1 tsp fenugreek seeds and powder it.
  • Heat the oil in a pan; saute the green chillies, garlic, and ginger for a few minutes. Remove before they are cooked.
  • In the same oil, add the remaining fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, and curry leaves. When they start to crackle, add the powdered fenugreek, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and asafoetida; stir on low heat. Add salt solution, the sauteed ingredients, vinegar, and bitter gourd; mix well.
  • Bring the mixture to the boil once or twice and remove before the vegetable gets cooked.
Calories: 116 kcal
Carbohydrates: 15 g
Protein: 4 g
Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Sodium: 14448 mg
Potassium: 402 mg
Fiber: 7 g
Sugar: 3 g
Vitamin A: 1197 IU
Vitamin C: 87 mg
Calcium: 135 mg
Iron: 3 mg
Cuisine Indian
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