Pavakka Kichadi Recipe / Bitter Gourd Pachadi Recipe

Pavakkai Kichadi  Recipe
Pavakka Kichadi or Pachadi is a very easy dish made with bittergourd,coconut and curd as main ingredients.Pavakka Kichadi is one of the dishes prepared for Onam Sadya.I am trying to post the missed out Onam Sadya Items this year.I have already posted Vellarika Kichadi so this year I tried this Pavakka Kichadi.I was a bit scared of the bitterness, as I didn't deep fry bittergourd but still the pachadi turned out nice and edible,a mild bitterness was there which I actually liked it :) I made this today and we had it as such and it was so refreshing to have this raita along with breakfast :)

Pavakkai Kichadi  Recipe
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Pavakkai Kichadi Recipe

Preparation Time:10 minutes | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: Kerala

Bittergourd - 1 cup chopped finely
Thick Curd - 1 cup
Small Onion - 5 sliced
Coconut Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste

To grind to a paste:

Fresh Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup loosely packed
Green Chilli - 1 chopped roughly
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp

To temper:

Coconut Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli - 2 small
Curry Leaves - a small sprig


  1. Wash bittergourd well, then slightly scrap the sides.Cut it into half, I used only 1 half.Noe further slit open.
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  2. Scrap out the seeds and discard them.`Now make thin slices and cut them into small cubes
    How to make Pavakkai Kichadi  - Step1
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add chopped bittergourd and saute.Keep sauteing in low medium flame.
    How to make Pavakkai Kichadi  - Step2
  4. Meanwhile get all the ingredients listed under 'to grind' in  a mixer jar along with little water grind it to a semi fine paste as shown,Set aside.Keep sauteing the bittergourd.
    How to make Pavakkai Kichadi  - Step3
  5. Once it is nicely browned like below add coconut paste cook for few mins until raw smell leaves.This may take just few mins 3-5mins.Set aside to cool.How to make Pavakkai Kichadi  - Step4
  6. In tadka kadai heat oil - add the ingredients listed under 'to temper and let it splutter,Set aside.Now add sliced onions,fry till golden brown.How to make Pavakkai Kichadi  - Step4
  7. Beat curd well using a hand whisk, add required salt and add it to cooked bittergourd coconut mixture.How to make Pavakkai Kichadi  - Step4
  8. Add fried onions and tadka items, give a quick mix and serve.This step is done off the stove.How to make Pavakkai Kichadi  - Step4
Garnish with fried onions and Serve chilled as a sidedish.
Pavakkai Kichadi  Recipe

My Notes:

Pavakkai Kichadi  Recipe

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