Tastes of Kerala

Hi, I’m Nisha.Here,through my blogs I would like to share some unique, traditional vegetarian tastes and flavours of Kerala. Kerala has produced diverse, natural, nutritious as well as tasteful vegetarian dishes. The concept of homestead farming helped the Kerala women to make these unique dishes. Without using artificial flavours and colours they have produced hundreds of varieties of dishes. The famous “Sadya” in banana leaf has attracted many. To preserve and exchange these recipes is the main purpose of this blog. I’m sharing the recipes that I have encountered and those which attracted me . I am very happy to introduce you to some of the long lost traditional recipes . I hope you will enjoy them.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Bitter gourd Thiyal/Pavakka Thiyal


  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 cup sliced bitter gourd
  • 2 cup grated coconut
  • 1\2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 tsp coriander
  • 5 dried chilli
  • salt (to taste)
  • 5 gm dried tamarind (soak this in water and squeeze the juice)
  •  water (as required)
 For tempering,

  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1\2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 dried chilli
  • a few curry leaves


Take a frying pan. Put the grated coconut along with dried chilli &  coriander in it. Fry it till the coconut turns golden brown.  Fry the onion and bitter gourd in a little coconut oil for a few min.Grind the fried coconut mixture well by adding some water. Add this to the fried ingredients.  Add the tamarind juice to it. Add salt and turmeric powder and  water. Mix well. Heat till it boils. Lower the flame. Heat it fora few more min.  Heat the coconut oil in a pan. Put the mustard seeds & dried chilli pieces and wait till it bursts. Pour this to the thiyal. Garnish it with curry leaves.

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