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Stuffed Pavakai Recipe- Barvan Karela Recipe

Stuffed Pavakai- Baby bitter melons/ bitter gourds stuffed with a sweet, spicy and tangy filling and pan roasted.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Anusha Praveen


  • Baby bitter gourds 10 - 12 split and seeds removed
  • Onion 1 medium chopped finely
  • Dry dessicated coconut 1 tbsp
  • Tamarind pulp tamarind paste 1 tbsp
  • Jaggery 1 tbsp
  • Roasted peanuts 2 tbsp
  • Chili powder 1 tsp
  • Sambar powder 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil 2 tbsp


  • Heat a pan with 2 teaspoon oil.
  • Add onions and fry till pink.
  • Add roasted peanuts and cocounut .
  • Mix well.
  • Add tamarind pulp ,salt, jaggery, sambar powder and chili powder.
  • Mix well.
  • Cook for 30 secs on low flame.
  • Once done, let cool and grind to a paste without adding any water.
  • Now, stuff each half of the bitter gourd till full.
  • Once done, heat remaining oil.
  • Pop the mustard seeds and add urad dal.
  • Allow the dal to become golden brown.
  • Add turmeric powder.
  • Once done, place the bitter gourds one by one filling side up and cook on medium flame for about 2 mins.
  • Then flip the gourds over and roast on the stuffing side till edges are golden. Takes about 5 to 7 mins.
  • Serve hot.

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