How to make Pavakkai Varuvval -

Thin karela slices marinated and deep fried.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sirf 30 minute.

Main Ingredients : Bitter gourd (karela) (करेला), Tamarind paste (इमली की पेस्ट )

Cuisine : Andhra

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Pavakkai Varuvval

Pavakkai Varuvval Recipe Card


The cuisine of Andhra Pradesh is reputedly the spiciest of all Indian cuisine. Foods include both the original spicy Andhra cooking and Muslim-influenced Hyderabadi cuisine. Rice is the staple diet and is used in a wide variety of ways.
Hyderabadi cuisine is influenced by the Muslim population, which arrived in Andhra centuries ago. Much of the cuisine revolves around meat. It is rich and aromatic, with a liberal use of exotic spices, ghee, nuts and dry fruits.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Pavakkai Varuvval Recipe

  • Bitter gourd (karela) 2 medium

  • Tamarind paste 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil to deep fry


Step 1

Cut the karelas into thin slices and place in a plate.

Step 2

Add salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Keep aside for 10 minutes.

Step 3

Wash them thoroughly and drain on absorbent paper.

Step 4

Transfer onto a plate. Add red chilli powder, tamarind paste and mix well.

Step 5

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Deep fry the karela slices till crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 6

Transfer on a serving plate, add salt and mix well. Serve hot.

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