Pavakka (Bitter Gourd) Thoran

Pavakka Bitter Gourd Thoran


  1. 1 large bitter gourd (Pavakka), finely chopped
  2. 1 cup grated coconut
  3. 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  4. 2 green chilies, diagonally sliced
  5. A few curry leaves
  6. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  7. 3/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  8. 2 dried red chilies, broken
  9. Salt to taste


  1. In a bowl, combine the finely chopped bitter gourd with the ingredients numbered 2 to 5 (grated coconut, chopped onion, sliced green chilies, and curry leaves).
  2. Heat a cheena chatti or a pan over medium heat. Add coconut oil, splutter the mustard seeds, and fry the dried red chilies. Next, add the bitter gourd mixture along with a pinch of salt. Sprinkle a small amount of water, cover the pan, and cook over low heat. Stir occasionally.
  3. Cook until the bitter gourd is tender and the thoran is dry, which should take about 12-15 minutes.
  4. Serve this delicious bitter gourd thoran with rice and other side dishes.