Many people do not like bitter gourd (Pavakkai) because of the bitter taste in it. But it has many health benefits. Bitter gourd lowers blood glucose as it contains a chemical called Charantin which reduces high blood glucose levels so it is very good for Diabetic persons. A serving of bitter gourd satisfies your entire daily need of vitamin K. The vitamin K available in this bitter vegetable decreases your risk of excessive bleeding and contributes to the integrity of your bones.
We make lot of recipes using bitter gourd. The small variety of Bitter gourd or Midhi Pavakkai has more benefits than the bigger one. Today I am posting a curry recipe using midhi pavakkai.
Midhi Pavakkai Fry or Baby Bitter Gourd Fry
- Baby Bitter Gourd or Midhi Pavakkai – ¼ Kg.
- Big Onion – 1
- Salt – ½ tsp.
- Red Chilli powder – ½ to 1 tsp.
- Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp.
- Oil – 2 tbsp.
- Mustard seeds – 1 tsp.
- Wash and cut the ends of the bitter gourd.
- Slice the bitter gourd lengthwise into thin slices.
- Peel and cut the onions thin lengthwise.
- In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds.
- When the mustard splutters, add the sliced onions and sauté well till raw smell goes off.
- Now, add the sliced bitter gourd and add the salt, turmeric powder and red chiily powder and fry in medium flame by turning in between till the bitter gourd fries well.
- Once the bitter gourd becomes soft, switch off the stove. It takes for about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Your healthy bitter gourd is ready to serve as a side dish for rice.