Bitter Gourd Mezhukkupuratti
(Bitter Gourd Stir-fry with Coconut Slices)
Southern Indian cuisine
Recipe by Simi Raghavan
Region: Kerala State in southern India
"This is a very simple, easy but tasty bitter gourd recipe. It is ideal to have with cooked rice. I have it almost everyday because I love bitter gourd no matter what kind of preparation (fried, mezhukkupuratti, cooked with curd). Here I am describing the pavakka mezhukkupuratti (Malayalam language for bittergourd with poured oil). I am from Kerala, India." ~ Simi Raghava
Big thanks to Simi for her contribution to our global collection of bitter gourd recipes. From southwestern India, Simi shares with us a common yet mouthwatering favorite dish!
2 bitter gourd (light green, medium size variety)
2 green chillies
1/2 cup coconut slices
4 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp salt for taste
Optional: turmeric powder
1. Cut pavakka (bitter gourd) lengthwise and slice thinly. Slice the onions thin.
2. Pour oil into a hard-bottomed pan, add pavakka and onion slices, green chillies and coconut slices. Add salt and turmeric powder. Cover and cook on low heat for about 2 minutes.
3. Uncover the lid and continue to cook on low heat for another 5-6 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked. Mezhukkupuratti is ready to be served with rice.
Bitter Gourd Mezhukkupuratti (Photo from LiveToEat: http://blog.sigsiv.com/2007/11/bitter-gourd-stir-fry-with-coconut-slices-pavakka-mezhukkupuratti.html)
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