Pagarkai Varuval

Here’s a very quick recipe for all pagarkai/bitter-gourd lovers! It’s one of my favorite way to prepare this vegetable as it’s easy to prepare and goes so well with Sambar or Rasam rice! Its taste is very close to pagarkai fry but consumes lesser oil in comparison!



  • 4 pagarkais/bitter-gourds
  • 2 tsp chilly powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • Salt to taste (extra salt to soak the sliced vegetable)
  • 3 tbsp oil


  • Slice the pagarkai and soak it in salt water for 15 mins. Drain the water just before cooking.
  • In a frying pan, pour oil, when medium hot, add the vegetable. Lower the flame and allow it to gradually cook, sauteing it once in five mins.
  • Once the vegetable reduces to half it’s earlier quantity, add salt, turmeric powder, chilly powder and coriander powder. Give it a good mix.
  • Cook for another five mins and your varuval is ready!

More pagarkai recipes here and here =)


3 thoughts on “Pagarkai Varuval

  1. why do you want to soak in salt water and drain it. if you take way the bitterness then to me the pavakai is dead. we can alway manage the bitterness with the addons to this dish!!!

    • I doesn’t completely take away the bitterness, uncle! Just a little bit. Soaking in salt water is optional anyway!

      • so the soaking in salt waters is to tame the bitterness, right? the disk is certainly yummy an i do cook it with dry fish and make ku-lam-bu, sour on the higher side!!! try it like you make dry fish kulambu or ku-li-ku-lam-bu.

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