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Bitter Gourd/ Pavakka Curry - Diabetic friendly recipe

I am very happy and excited to host the EH -Fight Diabetes contest which ends on Nov30'08. It is a great opportunity to learn and cook healthy food. When it comes to variety, nothing can beat the creativity of our Foodies. Till now I have got so many varieties of food which are diabetic friendly. I am really thankful to all my participants. It is not too late, this is a friendly reminder, inviting you all to participate. Just take a look at the contest rules and start cooking.

Bitter guard/Pavaka curry

Before receiving the entries, I used to think only Bitter gourd is good for diabetic patients. But wow! even diabetic patients can have varieties in their diet. Thanks to all. Hope the round up will turn out well. As my contribution, I am sharing this Bitter gourd/Pavakka curry to the event.


1 cup bitter gourd, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
A pinch of salt
3/4 cup powdered Jaggery
1 tsp of oil


In a pan, add 1 tsp of oil. When hot, add the mustard seeds. When it pops, add the cumin seeds.

Now add the onions and saute for few minutes.

Add the salt and chopped bitter guard. Add some water enough to cook the vegetable.

Add turmeric powder and cook the vegetable.

When the bitter gourd is cooked, add the jaggery powder and mix well.

The Jaggery will melt and form a thin coating on the bitter gourd which reduces the bitterness of the vegetable.

This is a highly healthy and tasty curry which can be used as side dish to any rice variety.


Chop the bitter gourd and put it in salt water for 15 minutes before cooking. This helps in reducing the bitterness from the vegetable.

When chopping bitter gourd if you find the interior to be pinkish, it is obvious that the vegetable is more bitter and however you cook, the bitterness will remain. So if you are new to bitter gourds, do not use bitter gourd with pinkish interior in your cooking.


Wow great post! It's awesome that it is diabetic friendly too! Thanks for sharing such great eats!

I actually love pavakkai... this sounds really good to me!
Sangeeth, I really don't know what qualifies as diabetic food in my blog, since I cook most of my food with less sugar and fat.
Does less sugar count and whole grains count or should it be strictly diabetic food?

The curry looks tasty. Thanks for sharing about how to choose bittergourd, helpful tip..

looks simply delicious Sangeeth! Great entry.