December 08, 2014

Pakarkai Pitlai (Bittergourd Sambar with freshly ground spices)

Pakarkai Pitlai is a traditional and famous Tamil Brahmin recipe cooked with bitter gourd and boiled lentils. Since the freshly ground spices are added it gives a wonderful taste. The consistency will be slightly thicker than sambar. It is used as kuzhambu/sambar and also as a side dish for Morekuzhambu rice...

Ingredients for making Pakarkai Pitlai:

  • Chopped Bitter gourd 1 cup
  • Tamarind juice extracted from a lemon size tamarind 3 cups
  • Coriander seeds  3 tb spoonsChana dal 1 1/2 tb spoon
  • Red chillies 5
  • Pepper corns 1 tea spoon
  • Boiled Thur dal 1 cup
  • Hing a small piece
  • Coconut 2 tb spoons
  • Mustard seeds and Cumin seeds for seasoning 


 Method for making Pakarkai Pitlai:

  • Boil the bitter gourd pieces to soft in the tamarind water with turmeric powder, and salt.
  • Add the boiled thur dal and mix well. Add a small piece of jaggery.
  • Then add the ground paste and allow to boil till the gravy thickens.
  • Saute it with mustard seeds cumin seeds & curry leaves. 







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