Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pavakka (Tamil)/ Kakarakaya(Telugu) or Bitter guard fry

For some reason Bitter guard is my favorite. The only problem is chopping them fine. I still remember, I used to help mom in chopping this before she fries this (feels like a long time ago). We even had a bitter guard plant when when I was really young.
Its fairly easy and I am pretty sure most of you already know how to make this. I am still posting this here to remind you all that "its-out-there" :). Go grab it! Below would serve 2. I have served this with spinach dal (Palakura Pappu). I keep using Telugu words at home from time to time (mostly we speak Tamil or English) and my hubby is picking up Telugu very fast :). The other day he said, "Pappu super baagundi".
Ingredients:
Bitter Guard: , finely chopped in rounds
Onion: 1 medium sized, chopped
Curry leaves: 1 string, washed
Garlic pods: 2, crushed
Red Chili Powder: 1 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp (or according to taste)
Oil: 2 tbsp

Method:
  • Chop the bitter guard in round shape and wash them. The finer you chop them, the better it is 'supposed' to taste. I usually leave the seeds within.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add crushed garlic, curry leaves and chopped onion.
  • Fry the onions until translucent and then add the chopped bitter guard (stir often to avoid burnt guard).
  • Fry the bitter guard until its completely cooked and started to get a little brown.
  • Add salt and chili powder and switch off the stove. 
  • Serve warm with dal or rasam.

16 comments:

  1. Never made bitter gaurd this way before..looks yummy

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  2. Love pavakka fry,nice recipe dear,my hubby sure will love this.

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  3. luv bitter.grd in any form...nice recipe D:

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  4. It's a very frequently made at our home. adding garlic and onions sounds nice

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. Simply delicious, love bittergroud as anything..

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  6. Wow this looks healthy and delicious fry.

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  7. I too love bitter gourd .Looks yummy!

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  8. WEll MY FAVOURITE VEGETABLE :) KARELA especially when mum use to make by filling them up...

    and the pic looks lovely I want some :)


    Bikram's

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  9. Healthy and delicious stir fry!

    Madhu, crystallised ginger is also known as candied ginger (sugar coated ginger pieces). I got them from organic shop. Hope this helps.

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  10. healthy and delicious to eat looks wonderful

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  11. interesting presentation ....its my fav too..:D
    Tasty appetite

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  12. Love pavakka in any forms, those are good for health too.

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