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Bittergourd Pakoda / Pagarkai Pakoda / Pavakkai Pakoda

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Pakoda is a deep fried snack which is most popular street food all over Tamil Nadu. My hubby loves pakoda to the core, when we were abroad we use to get pakoda from VelayudhaNadar Shop, sivakasi and would hold it almost for 2 to 3 weeks. Not only in while abroad but also whenever we go to our hometown, we never miss to get this pakoda. Not only my hubby even my dad, grandpa and the whole family till my son loves to have Milk rice and pakoda for dinner. I would say that this one of the staple dinner among all sivakasi and virudhunagar people.

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #160 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Thought of trying it the pakoda with bittergourd and something different than the usual recipe, besan/gram flour is used in pakoda and I have substituted corn meal/maize flour instead of besan/gram flour.

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Bittergourd pakoda was slightly bitter in taste, but as it was crispy and crunchy my kids (9 year and 5 year) loved it to the core. This can be served in various forms as tea-time snack, side dish for lunch, side dish for dinner along with rice. I would say try this combination – Steamed rice (mashing consistency), boiled milk with a tsp of sugar (optional) and this pakoda would taste heavenly for dinner. Give a try…

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Bittergourd Pakoda / Pagarkai Pakoda / Pavakkai Pakoda

Ingredients:

  • Bitter gourd – 2 nos
  • Onions – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – 2 strands
  • Corn meal / Maize flour – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 tbsp
  • Chilli powder – 2 ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida / Perungayam / Hing – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Wash and thinly slice the bitter gourd to pieces. Thinly slice the onions (lengthwise), keep it aside.
  • In a bowl, add corn meal, rice flour, chilli powder, salt and sprinkle ¼ cup of water, mix it well.
  • Add the sliced bitter gourd and mix it well, so that the flour should get coated well bittergourd.
  • Let it rest for 15 to 20 mins.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, now add the thinly sliced onions and curry leaves to the bittergourd and mix it well.
  • Once the oil is hot, take a small portion of the bittergourd mixture and add it to the oil, swap and fry on the both sides until they turn brown in color or crispy.
  • Drain the oil and remove it from fire.
  • Continue the same process with all the bittergourd.

Serve hot.

Note: Bring it room temperature and store it in an air-tight container, stays fresh for almost a week.

Bittergourd Garlic Curry / Pagarkai Poondu Kulambu

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Recently I have been to diabetics’ awareness program conducted by Diabetic Food Trail at Anjappar Restaurant. The Chief Chef of Anjappar – Mr. Thamzhi Arasan came all along from Chennai and demonstrated us this Garlic Bittergourd Curry, as it one among the most healthiest and perfect curry for diabetes. Also I have shared one more version of Pagarkai Kulambu / Tangy Bittergourd Curry. Let me share the recipe…

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Taking this to Fiesta Friday #149 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

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Pagarkai Poondu Kulambu / Bittergourd Garlic Curry

Ingredients:

  • Bitter gourd – 1 no
  • Garlic – 10 cloves
  • Tamarind – a lemon size
  • Onion – 1 no (medium size)
  • Tomato – 1 no (medium size)
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Fenugreek  seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds powder – 1 tsp
  • Sesame oil / Gingelly oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Soak tamarind in warm water for few mins and prepare tamarind extract.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion and tomato. Peel the garlic cloves and keep it aside.
  • Scrap the skin of the bitter gourd, deseed and chop them to small pieces.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and fenugreek seeds and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Add the onions and garlic cloves; cook until they turn golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.
  • Add the finely chopped bitter gourd pieces followed by turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, fennel seeds powder, cumin powder and salt.
  • Cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Pour the tamarind extract with a cup of water, cover and bring it to boil.
  • Remove the lid, once the bitter gourd is cooked.
  •  Cook in medium flame until the curry thickens and oil floats on the top.

Serve hot with steamed rice, also goes out well with dosa. Perfectly matches with Ragi / Finger Millet Dosa and Kambu / Pearl Millet Dosa (stay tuned for the recipe).