Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bittergourd/Pavakka Kichadi

I always get confused between kichadi and pachadi. The only difference I could find is that, for kichadi, you have to fry the veggies and for pachadi, you have to cook them adding water. If any of you know other reasons for calling them by different names do let us know.  These are all simple dishes that goes on our tables everyday and since we have been on a effort to cover exhaustive everyday meals at home here is another one.



Ingredients:

Bitter Gourd- 1
Green chillies- 1 or 2
Coconut Grated- 3Tbsp
Cumin seeds- 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
Yogurt- 1/4 cup
Oil-for frying

For seasoning:

Coconut oil- 1Tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
Red chillies -2
Curry leaves- a sprig

Method:

1.Chop the bittergourd and green chillies thin and fine.
2.Heat oil for frying and fry the bitter gourd and chillies till they become crisp, but not overdone.Keep this aside
3.Grind the coconut and cumin together to a fine paste.Crush the mustard seeds.
4.Heat oil in a pan and do the seasoning.Add the coconut mixture and crushed mustards and saute till all the water is absorbed.
5.Take the fried bittergourd in a mixing bowl and crush them a bit.To this add the sauteed coconut mix and yogurt and mix well.



Notes:

I used Japanese Bitter melon for this. As I have mentioned in the Bitter gourd fry post, it's less bitter than the dark green variety.There were many requests for a picture of that and here it is :-)

55 comments:

  1. Look at that click,who will say no to this pavakka kichadi, not me,feel like grabbing the bowl and finishing rite now...awesome dish!!

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  2. I would like to try some of this.I am the only one that eat bittergourd so I'll only try a small portion :)

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  3. Would definitely love to try some!!!looks gorgeous

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  4. That's one lovely dish with perfectly tempting picture and a different way to eat the bitter gourd. Never tried the Japanese melon. Thanks for the picture Namitha, will try to buy in this the next time I hit the grocers.

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  5. The kichdi is going places with bitter gourd. Seriously, love this spin on Kichidi. Will definitely try this!

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  6. This recipe would come in handy as I am into eating bitter gourd these days!

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  7. Looks lovely! Nice recipe with bittergourd.

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  8. Hey Nami...Kichadiyil kadukkum koode arakum with coconut, pachadiyil athilla..athalle difference..

    Looks soo good ketto....pavalkka njgalude fav ane..

    Love
    KS

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  9. Lovely recipe. Sounds delicious.

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  10. It looks so creamy and delicious. Awesome Namitha

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  11. have no clue what the diff is..but that bowl sure looks delicious:)

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  12. Looks lovely! Nice recipe with bittergourd.

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  13. New dish to me..looks superb...the ckicks are as usual awesome...

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  14. had no idea that Bittergroud Khichdi looks so nice. Very Good Clicks.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  15. Doesn't matter whatever the name is..it's looks gud..I never made these..shall try...and the click is cool

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  16. This looks very good. My only previous experience with bitter mellon was a disaster. I'll have to try again using the Japanese melon. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  17. Beautiful clicks!! Pavakka kichadi is our fav..

    In our place we add ground coconut-cumin mixture and crushed mustards to pachadi whereas for kichadi we fry the vegetables, season with mustards and just add yoghurt..and pachadi is usually sweet. I guess kichadi and pachadi, like all other kerala dishes, has lots of regional variations :)

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  18. For us pachadi is yogurt based dish and Kichadi is rice based dish.
    Kichadi/pachadi looks delish with bittegourd..

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  19. Namitha or sunitha,

    Pavakka pachadi looks really good.

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  20. yummy! Bitter gourds are not easy to find here...really want to try it.

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  21. Lovely healthy dish and beautiful click too.

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  22. Hi Gulmohar pachadi ka bhai khichadi.Your bittergourd khichadi looks yum and delicious.

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  23. Oh this khichdi is perfect for today's lunch :))

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  24. Khichdi looks delicious, creamy and tempting. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

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  25. Hi Namitha...i have never made khichadi...but amma makes it often at home...your take on it looks really simple n' easy...and as always...the snap looks great...:D

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  26. interesting recipe and i'm going to try. nice click too

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  27. i rarely cook bitter gourd. this one is worth trying.
    thanks for sharing!

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  28. I have never had gourd or bitter gourd. The photos are awesome, as usual! I would love to try it.

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  29. Very beautiful clicks... healthy pachadi.

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  30. I have never tried bittermelon yet...sounds very interesting in pachadi...looks really good :)

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  31. I usually do not cook bitter gourd but if you add coconut to it, I will change my mind..Looks good, new one instead of the usual thorans.

    http://ruchikacooks.com

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  32. ... hated bittergd when I was a child.now one of my favorites. I like the mezhukkupuratti more though. Nice recipe.

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  33. bittergourd with coconut.. hmm, i am sold! the kichahi looks so yummy and delicious

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  34. Looks so yum! In tamil we always refer pachadi to raita and khichadi to vermicilli upma...just kidding i know its different in Malayalam,wish i knew.Love the feast u guys have been posting lately.

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  35. Excellent pictures asusual.. lovely dish.

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  36. U r right even i was not know the difference between khichadi and pachadi, thanks for sharing the knowledge... bitter guard is my favorite, my mom she make very good sabji of it. Lovely n great click too:-)

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  37. Hey Namitha,
    Love your Pachadi! I'm saying 'pachadi', cos, from what I know, Kichadi is normally made with rice/broken wheat or some whole grain, in addition to vegetables which may sometimes be optional; usually kichadi is main course.

    On the other hand, Pachadi is like a side dish which is made with veggies/fruits, or even a combo of the two, and is usually an accompaniment. Like, Maangai pachadi, which is a side dish when you make koottu or avial. There are even raw pachadis which do not involve cooking. Even raitas are referred to as pachadis by some people.

    Well, so these were my two cents' worth :) Hope it helps!

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  38. I have started loving bitter gourd only of late after knowing its health benefits. very true if you fry it in oil it is not that bitter. I now got another recipe with this bittergourd.

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  39. Tamilian use pachadi for anything curd base, kichadi is made with rava or vermicelli, but different in North :)
    But this one is very delectable!

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  40. Simple and nice, never used bittergourd this way but seeing the pic would surely say its yummy..

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  41. I am not a big pavakka fan... even then that pic is making me drool...

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  42. Woow dear,,nice kichadi with pavakkai looks yum yum ,,, the ingredients sounds great dear coconut n cumin we use to add for the aviyal n kootu sure it will taste like the same...

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  43. good one...very awesome looking too...i make this too!

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  44. New to me but it's a healthy dish. Bittergourd is very good for health. Thanks for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

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  45. Nice pics of a healthy dish. Something new for me.

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  46. i wish this was an everyday component of my meals! it sounds great with the kick from the chillies and the lovely mustard and coconut flavors--thanks for sharing this!

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  47. I would love to try this dish since it's so different from anything I've ever had before. Looks delicious!

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  48. Not so fond of bittergourd. Khichdi's nutritious.

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  49. Nice recipe with bittergourd, looks yummy. Liked that bowl.

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  50. pavakka kichadi kazhicha kaalam marannu.Thanks for reminding...
    nice click as always!

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  51. Oh loe this dish, still i couldn't figure out the diff btwn kichadi and pachadi. We call all these kichadi and anything with turmeric as pachadi. Well what's in a name rt?

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  52. Very intriguing recipe, I need to pick up Bitter Gourd and try this!

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  53. Pavakka Kichadi is a wonderful recipe... never tried it with Japanese bitter melon..Thanks for sharing..

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