Bittergourd Masala Rice Recipe / Pavakkai Sadham / Bittergourd Recipe
Recipe type: lunch
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 2
Bittergourd masala rice / Pavakkai sadham / Karela Rice is a flavorful one pot meal. Serve this with raita and appalam.
  • 1 Cup of Cooked Basmati Rice
  • 2 Bittergourds, Finely Chopped
  • 1 Tsp of Oil
  • 2 Tsp of Ghee
  • 1 Tsp of Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Tsp of Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • Pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • ⅛ Tsp of Turmeric Powder
  • ½ Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Finely Chopped
  • Pinch of Sugar or Jaggery
  • Salt to taste
  • 1.5 Tsp of Lemon Juice or to taste
  • To Roast and grind
  • 2 Tsp of Coriander Seeds
  • 2 Tsp of Chenna Dal (Bengal Gram)
  • 2 Tsp of Urad Dal
  • 3 Red Chilies
  • 2 Tsp of Coconut (grated)
  • 1 Clove
  • 1 Cinnamon (medium)
  • 1 Cardamom
  • 5 Cashews
  1. Heat a pan, dry roast all the ingredients listed under " to roast " until it turns golden brown. Cool it and grind it to a fine powder.
  2. Heat a pan with oil and ghee, add mustard seeds, cumin, curry leaves and asafoetida, after it pops up, add onion and garlic, fry well until it turns golden brown.
  3. Add bittergourd pieces and salt, fry well until it get cooked.
  4. Add ground masala powder and turmeric powder, fry well with bittergourd, add little water, sugar and enough salt, mix well. Turn off the stove.
  5. Add cooked rice, little oil and lemon juice, gently mix it with fork.
  6. Hot, yummy bittergourd masala rice is ready.
You can also add a tsp of tamarind paste while cooking instead of lemon juice.
Add chopped peanuts in the end while mixing.(optional)
Adding ghee gives a nice taste.
Do not break the rice while mixing
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