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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..