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Thursday, August 26, 2010

MIDHI PAVAKKAI FRY



These type of small, baby bittergourds are called "midhi pavakkai" in Tamil.

INGREDIENTS:


Bittergourd (midhi pavakkai variety) - 1/2 kg.
Salt - as per taste
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Urad dhal - 1 tsp.
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
Oil - 2 tablespoons

METHOD:

Select tender midhi pavakkais. Wash well and half them. Marinate it with salt and turmeric powder for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the excess water completely using your hand. Discard the seeds if any, during this process.

In a kadai, heat oil, add mustard seeds and urad dhal and when golden brown, add the marinated bittergourd and chilli powder and fry till it is cooked and crisp.

36 comments :

  1. looks delicious n tempting.. my hubby's favt one..

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  2. Wow..i love to have this rite now ... :)

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  3. Thats a healthy recipe as well. I hope the bitterness will be gone out as we marinate in salt water. is it?

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  4. Hey Shanti.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and posting some encouraging comments. You have a lovely blog. It's more than just food. It's like having a peek into tamil culture.

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  5. my mom makes this in the same way and we used to relish this when we were kids.Even now once in a while i make it here.the paavakkai looks so fresh and loved it

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  6. Wow..that looks so simple n homey..nice recipe!!

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  7. The midhi pavakkai looks so pretty ;) Love the recipe too!

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  8. I never seen these bittergourds before..looks so cute :)

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  9. wow the bittergourds are pretty and the fry looks delicious .........

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  10. very nice recipe.. thank youuu :)

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  11. Lovely recipe Shanti. First time in your bog. Loved it.
    I also noticed that you have another blog dedicated for Iyengar recipes. I am so glad that you have opened this blog about Iyengar recipes. I am following you now there.
    A request for you; even though my husband and I are Tamil Nadu originally, neither of us can make Puli Saadam the way Iyemgar families make. I love that and I get to taste some only when I visit temples. Can you please share the way you make Puli saadam when you get a chance? Thanks a ton!

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  12. Healthy & cute looking pavakka..this is my hubby fav...

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  13. Very new recipe, never saw bitter gourd this size. Lovely recipe.

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  14. Shanti aunty ,I donno if i will be able to get this small ones to try , but this picture is truly inviting and making me drool ..

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  15. Wat a healthy dish, pavakkais looks very cute..

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  16. Seeing this veggie for the 1st time..heard about it though! nice recipe n thanks for sharing the pic.:)

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  17. my husband has been asking me for pavakkai for some days now..now is the time..perfectly fried I shud say

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  18. Very Cute looking little bittergourds. The dish seems to be healthy as well.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  19. I like these small varieties but get very rarely here. The name- midhi pavakkai- is new to me.

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  20. Lovely recipe, like bittewr guard any way.

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  21. Kakarakaya(bitter gourd)fry looks delicious,

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  22. Lovely recipe !! My husband loves bitter gourd will try this one ..Thank you so much Shanthi for visitng my blog and for your wonderful comments. Am following your blog now. Happy to be here

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  23. This looks delicious we make similar salad

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  24. oh my mum would love this recipe and i love the cutie small Bittergourd :)

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  25. I learned to make these from my MIL havent seen this before my wedding!!! then I fell in love with these... With just lil they make so much veggie!!! yum!!!

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  26. Love bitter gourd in any form...........

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  27. Hi,

    Nice recipe...good for health!!

    I just joined in this blog as well!!couldnot comment on iyengar;s cuisine...look in to it...

    Sameena@www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  28. Lovely bittergourd never seen beore!, must be delicious!!

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  29. pavakkai fry looks just yum. I love bitter gourd. Will try your version of making this fry next time. I never marinate

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  30. Such a healthy and delicious recipe!

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