Travancore Mango Pavakka Curry / Raw Mango Bitter gourd curry


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1/2 cup pavakka(bitter gourd) thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped raw mangoes

1 cup thin coconut milk

1 1/2 cup thick coconut milk

2 slit green chilies

1 dry red chilly

1 tsp fresh roasted fenugreek powder

1/2 tsp fresh roasted cumin powder

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp jaggery syrup or molasses

1/4 cup onions, thinly sliced

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp chili powder

curry leaves, to garnish


  Heat 1 tbs coconut oil in a pan. Add fenugreek powder, mustard seeds, and red chilly. Once the mustard splutters add onions. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add bitter gourds and fry for few minutes. Add raw mangoes and fry again, add turmeric powder, chili powder, green chilies, and salt. Add thin coconut milk and boil well.  It will take 5 to 8 minutes. Once the gravy thickens and all the veg pieces are well cooked add thick coconut milk. Turn the heat to low and simmer it for 3 to 5 minutes. Now add jaggery syrup to adjust the tanginess and bitterness. Add roasted cumin powder on top and mix well. Garnish with curry leaves and serve with rice.


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