9799692b348 Nivedhanam: Paavaikkai Podi (பாகற்க்காய் பொடி)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Paavaikkai Podi (பாகற்க்காய் பொடி)

Paavaikkai Podi is a very tasty and quick podi to make which is very healthy. I have tried this so many times and all of them have been so good. This keeps very well for atleast 10 days.. May be more. I chose “Back to Hostel food” for this month’s marathon and this delicious podi will be perfect.
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Pavarkaai / Bitter Gourd – 2
Yogurt – 1 table spoon
Red Chili – 2 or adjust to your taste
Cumin Seeds - ¾ tea spoon
Coriander Seeds – 1/4 tea spoon
Urad Dhal / Ulutham Parupu – 1 tea spoon
Channa Dhal / Kadalai Parupu - ½ tea spoon
Tamarind – very small lime size
Asafetida - ¼ tea spoon
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tea spoon
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tea spoon
Oil – 1 table spoon
Salt – 1 tea spoon
Paavaikkai Podi - IMG_3589Paavaikkai Podi - IMG_3578
Wash, dry and grate the bitter gourds. (While grating, remove the seeds).
Squeeze the bitter gourd well. Spread it on a paper towel and leave it as such for 10 minutes.
Now, mix it with a table spoon of yogurt. Keep aside for 30 minutes. Then, squeeze well and keep aside.
Meanwhile, dry roast urad dhal, channa dhal, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, tamarind and red chilly. Transfer to mixer jar and let it cool.
Grind to a fine powder. Keep aside.
In a pan, add oil and splutter mustard. Add asafetida and fry for a second.
Now, add the bitter gourd, turmeric powder and salt. Keep frying in low heat for about 15 minutes.
Add the ground powder and mix thoroughly. Keep it on a low flame for few minutes.
Cool and transfer to an air-tight container.
Serve over the hot rice with a dollop of ghee.

Sending this to my own Guest host event - Show Me Your HITS - Diabetic Friendly,


  1. Wow!! Looks delicious!! Thanx for sharing!!

  2. Excellent podi,am planning to make some too, inviting.

  3. Pavakkai podi looks delicious sowmya.

  4. wow:)super sis:)pavakkai podi.its amazing:)

  5. Very new but taste's yummy.. i love karela

  6. That's quite interesting! Guess when one can't eat the bitter one right away, this way it will be much more tastier!

  7. Thats such a helathly podi! Looks nice.

  8. Good one. I have heard of this podi but never dared making it at home :)

  9. This is a new recipe to me and everyone in my family loves pavakkai! Bookmarking this :)

  10. This is so healthy.Nice recipes...

  11. Very interesting podi with bittergourd, never thought this can be done.. Loves yumm!!

  12. Very interesting podi recipe Sowmya...

  13. A nice healthy podi Sowmya. Will try this

  14. Interesting very flavor full podi recipe.

  15. Interesting recipe. Well explained. You have a nice blog. Keep it going. will be here back to see your updates :) You are most welcome to my blog too. Nithya http://www.nithyasnalabagam.com

  16. Interesting recipe of spices
    Thanks for linking with my event


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