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Bitter gourd Pitlai

krishnakumari m
20 minutes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Bitter gourd Pitlai RECIPE

Bitter gourd Pitlai is a well known gravy dish in Tamil Nadu cooked with lentils and vegetables.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Side Dishes
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Fresh Bitter gourds : 2
  2. Toor Dhal : ¾ cup
  3. tamarind : Lemon sized
  4. jaggery : 1 tsp grated
  5. Curry Leaves : A few
  6. Mustard Seeds and cumin seeds : for tadka
  7. Haldi(Turmeric Powder) : A pinch
  8. hing : A pinch
  9. oil – 2 tbsp
  10. salt : As per taste
  11. Urad dhal (Black Gram) : ½ tsp
  12. chana Dhal (Bengal gram) : ½ tsp
  13. dhania (Coriander Seeds) : 1tsp
  14. Red Chillies : 5-6
  15. pepper Corns : 7-8
  16. Grated coconut : ½ cup


  1. Pressure cook toor dhal and keep aside.
  2. Soak tamarind in water and extract the juice of it.
  3. For the paste dry roast Urad Dhal, Chana dhal, Dhania, Pepper and coconut
  4. Now grind all these ingredients into a thick paste adding little water.
  5. In a pan add 2 tsps of oil and add the bitter gourd pieces and shallow fry them. If you prefer using more oil then you can deep fry bitter gourd pieces until they turn brown and crispy.
  6. In a vessel pour the tamarind juice, add salt, turmeric powder and the ground paste and bring it to boil. See to it that the paste gets sinked into the tamarind juice well. This helps in elimination of raw smell of tamarind.
  7. Add the mashed boiled dal into this mixture and bring to boil and simmer for few minutes
  8. Prepare the tempering by heating the oil and adding mustard and cumin seeds, followed by hing, curry leaves and broken recd chillies
  9. Add the tempering to the dal and mix well. Serve with hot rice

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