Bitter gourd is one of the healthiest vegetable which is also hated by most of the people as it is bitter in taste. Bitter Gourd has always managed to stay as an indispensable vegetable in the Indian cuisine owing to its amazing health benefits.
Regularly having bitter gourd as a part of your daily diet is known to prevent skin ailments like psoriasis and fungal infections like ringworm and athletes foot. Bitter gourd is also rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Bitter gourd is high in fiber and lower levels of fat and cholesterol.
Today I am sharing Bitter Gourd Powder which goes well with idly or dosa. You can also have this with hot rice.
Pavakkai Podi / Bitter Gourd Powder For Idly / Dosa
- Medium Bitter Gourd - 2
- Oil – 3 tsp.
- Channa Dhal – 4 tsp.
- Ured Dhal – 4 tsp.
- Dhania / Coriander Seeds – 4 tsp.
- Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp.
- Red Chillies – 10
- White Sesame Seeds – 2 tsp.
- Tamarind – small lemon sized
- Curry Leaves – a handful
- Jaggery – 2 tsp. optional
- Salt – as needed
- Wash bitter Gourd and grate bitter gourd and add half teaspoon of salt and mix well and keep aside for half an hour.
- Now squeeze the water from bitter gourd and keep the bitter gourd aside.
- In a non stick pan, heat 1 teaspoon of oil and add channa dhal and fry for a minute in low flame.
- Add ured dhal and fry for a minute.
- Now add dhania and cumin seeds and fry till the cumin seeds are fried.
- At last add sesame seeds and tamarind and fry for a half a minute and transfer into a plate and let it cool down.
- In the same pan add red chillies and curry leaves in low flame till curry leaves become dry and crispy.
- Transfer this to the same plate.
- Now heat 2 teaspoons oof oil in a pan and add grated bitter gourd and fry in low flame till the water content in the biiter gourd is completely lost and it becomes brown in colour. If there is even some moisture, the podi will get spoilt.
- Transfer this to another plate and let it cool down.
- Take a mixer jar and add the dhal mixture, salt, jaggery and fried bitter gourd and grind to a slightly coarse powder. If you are diabetic and want to avoid jaggery, no need to add jaggery.
- Transfer it to a container and when it is cooled down close with a lid.
- This goes well with idly, dosa or it can be mixed with hot rice and taken.