Pavakai Thayir Pachadi | Bitter Gourd in Yogurt | Onam Sadya Recipe

bitter gourd in yogurt

Bitter gourd in yogurt is a simple recipe which made by just sauteing bitter guard and adding it to curd/yogurt. Many people even me hate this vegetable, bitter gourd due to its bitter taste.I don't remember whether I had it at my young age. Even after marriage I don't buy or make it. Its only my hubby who makes and forces me to eat but I will refuse it. As ages, I understood the health benefit of it and started buying and making it rare. Even though my kids don't like to eat it I add it in add or fry it so that the bitter taste doesn't dominate.

bitter gourd in yogurt

In this recipe to you won't feel the more bitterness as we shallow fried till brown. Do try this easy and healthy recipe and serve with hot steamed rice.

Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins


  • Bitter gourd/pavakai -1
  • Red chilly powder-1\2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder-1\4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil-2 tsp
  • Thick curd/yogurt-1 cup

For tempering:

  • Coconut oil-1 tsp
  • Shallots/small onion-3
  • Curry leaves few

bitter gourd in yogurt


1.Clean the bitter guard, slit open. Remove the seeds and discard it. Cut the vegetable into thin slices.

2.Heat oil in a pan. fry the cut pieces with red chilly powder, turmeric powder, and salt till gets fried well. When done switch off and allow it to cool.

3. Meanwhile whisk the curd well. Add a little salt. When the fried pieces reach room temperature add it to the whisked curd.

4. Temper with the ingredients and add them to it.

Pavakai thayir pachadi is ready.