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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pavakka Thoran / Bitter Gourd Thoran.

Pavakka / Bitter Gourd is a stomachic medicine, which serves to tone the stomach, improving its function and increasing appetite. It is also used as a medicine for diabetics. This bitter fruit can be used to prepare a variety of dishes including Thoran. The grated coconut in Thoran reduces the bitterness of the dish.

  • Bittergourd/ Pavakka (finely Chopped) - 1 big
  • Grated coconut - ½ Cup
  • Finely Chopped Onion - 1 nos
  • Finely sliced coconut - ¼ cup
  • Green Chilly(Chopped) - 4 nos 
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Red Chilly-2 nos
  • Rice - 1tbsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt to taste

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds and Red chilly and allow to splutter.
  • Add rice and fry it.
  • Once rice becomes crispy, add the chopped onion,green chilly and saute well till the Onion turns transparent.
  • Add chopped Bitter gourd, sliced coconut,turmeric powder and Salt .
  • Sprinkle water, cover the pan and let it cook.
  • Add the grated coconut and mix well.
  • Stir continuously till the water dries up.
  • Add curry leaves and mix it.
Recommended Combination: Pavakka Thoran / Bitter Gourd Thoran can be served hot with Rice.


  1. i agree a great way to eat this veggie.A good recipe!

  2. Pavakka Thoran looks great..nice recipe.

  3. Great Recipe, I have posted another version of pavakka thoran too at

    which has a more tangy flavour without the bitterness