14 October 2019

Pavakka Thoran naadan style | Bitter Gourd -coconut stir fry Kerala style


Bitter Gourd is my hubby's favourite vegetable and I've a tolerating kinda relationship with bitter gourds .Doesn't it look like a vegetable crocodile ? ๐Ÿ˜(Ok now I hate them!) ...

Bitter Gourds not only look so disfigured from outside,it ain't sweet from inside as well.The only reason I cook this vegetable is that it's good for my hubby's health and he likes it.


To endure this vegetable's bitterness,I usually pair it with boiled rice and some non-spicy curries like Parippu curry/Lentil curry,Avial-vegetable mix curry with coconut,Mozhu curry,thenga chamanthi mostly...

May be this vegetable is reminding me to accept the bitterness of life with open arms like SRK's style๐Ÿ˜‰....Aye aye captain Bitter gourd !!!


Usually I prefer Pavakka mezhukupuratti . But today's recipe is a combination of bitter gourd with coconut ,with the authentic naadan/Kerala kick to it .

So,without making this vegetable a villain further,let's jump into the recipe.Let me show you how I make bitter gourd stir fry Kerala style ,pavakka thoran naadan style,Kaipakka upperi ..




Bitter gourd/Pavakka (medium-small size),chopped - 3-4 Nos.
Onion (chopped) - 1-2 Nos.
Green Chillies(chopped) - 3 Nos.
Coconut,grated - 1-2 Cup
Curry leaves,a few
Turmeric powder - 1 Tsp (optional)
Salt to taste
Water - 1-2 Tsp

For seasoning:
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Dry red chillies,broken - 2-3 Nos.
Coconut oil -1-3 Tbsp

Method to prepare Pavakka thoran :
  1. Wash the bitter gourds well.Snip the ends .Cut them into half and again half.(Quarter it!)
  2.  Take a half and remove the seeds and white membranes as much as possible.
  3. Then chop them into very small pieces as shown in the video .
  4. Soak them in warm water and salt solution and squeeze out the bitterness as much as possible.
  5. Drain them and clean them once again.
  6. Chop onion and green chilly and mix with chopped bitter gourds.
  7. Add in a few curry leaves and turmeric powder.
  8. Squeeze the mixture and keep it aside for a few minutes.
  9. Heat a pan,splutter the mustard seeds,broken red chillies ,
  10. Add in the bitter gourd mixture and saute well.
  11. Add in teaspoons of water and salt to taste.
  12. Bring everything to the center and cover it with a lid until bitter gourd gets cooked well.
  13. Add in little coconut oil and salt to taste.Saute well.
  14. That's it Pavakka thoran is ready !
Watch this pavakka thoran video that will show you how to make this nadan thoran properly :

If you are not a huge fan of bitter gourd,then this is a must try recipe.Just pair it with non-spicy curry ,then you are gonna love it too.

Try !