Pavakkai Kadalai Paruppu Varuval | Bittergaurd fry with channa dal

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DSC_6926Step by Step pictures: Pavakkai Kadalai Paruppu Varuval | Bittergaurd fry with channa dal

DSC_6813Soak the channa dal for at least 1/2 hour to 1 hour, Chop the bittergaurd, onion and tomato.

DSC_6816Heat up the oil in the pan..

DSC_6818Add in the mustard seeds and let it splutter

DSC_6819Throw in some curry leaves..

DSC_6820Add in the chopped onions and cook until it turns translucent..

DSC_6821Add in the tomatoes…

DSC_6824Add a pinch of salt, just to speed up the process and cook until the tomato is little mushy!!!

DSC_6825Throw in the diced bittergaurd…


Next goes the channa dal, drain out the water and add the channa dal.. Mix everything well and cook for 3 to 4 mins. This channa dal will give a nice crunchy-munchy taste to this recipe.. It is a add-on taste!!!

DSC_6831Now, add the spice powders.. Chilli powder, Fennel powder, Turmeric powder…

DSC_6833Saute for few seconds until the raw smell leaves off..

DSC_6837Sprinkle little water, cover and cook for sometime..and stir occasionally..

DSC_6839Switch off the flame.. Now add in a small piece of jaggery, i don’t hav jaggery in hand 🙁 🙁  so opted for sugar!!

Paavakai kadalaparuppu varuval/ Bittergaurd channal fry is ready!!!!!


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Paavakai Kadalaparuppu Varuval / Bittergaurd fry with channa dal

  • Author: Nithya Ravikumar
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


  • Bittergaurd- 3 medium sized
  • channa dal- 3 tbs (soaked for 1/2 hour)
  • Oil- 1 tbs
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 string
  • Onion- 1
  • Tomato- 1
  • Chilli powder 1 tbs
  • Fennel powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  • Jaggery/sugar- 1 tsp
  • salt- to taste


  1. Soak the channa dal.
  2. Heat up the oil in the kadai, add in mustard seeds and curry leaves.. let it splutter.
  3. Add in onions and cook until it turns translucent, it takes 3 to 4 mins.
  4. Add in the tomatoes, salt and cook till it turns mushy
  5. Now add the diced bittergaurd and channa dal.
  6. Add all the spice powder chilli powder, fennel powder and turmeric powder sauté well until the raw smell leaves off..
  7. Add little water, cover and cook for another 10 mins until the bittergaurd is cooked.. stir occasionally.
  8. Switch off the the stove, sprinkle little jaggery/ sugar.
  9. Paavakai kadalaparrupu fry/ Bittergaurd channa dal fry is ready!! serve with simple sambar , rasam or curd..





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  1. Superb!! Everything is good here incl the web page (background/presentation) 🙂 Hats off…keep going!! 🙂

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