Pavakka Achar (Bitter Gourd Pickle)

Bitter Gourd: 3 kg
Ginger Garlic Paste: 100 gms
Ginger: 1.5 inch sliced
Garlic: 2 pods sliced
Mustard: 1 tbsp
Curry leaves: a few sprigs
Chilly Powder: 10 level tbsp
Turmeric Powder: 1 tsp
Fenugreek Powder: 1 tsp
Asafoetida: 1 tsp
Vinegar: 1 cup
Salt and oil: as needed.

Wash the bittergourd properly and cut in chunks and immerse in salt water.

Slice it into thin strips.

Keep all the other ingredients ready

Fry the bittergourd in oil till brown and slightly crisp

In the same oil, splutter mustard, curry leaves and fry the garlic and ginger.
Add the ginger garlic paste to this and let the raw smell go.

Add the chilly Powder, turmeric Powder, Asafoetida and fenugreek powder and give everything a toss.
Add the fried bitter gourd, salt and the vinegar.
Take off fire

Store it in sterilized bottles


  1. I've never heard of bitter gourd pickle! Will try this! :)http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

  2. wonderful idea for storing when they are for less price in market...am a fan for pavakka...so sure to love this

  3. Very new to me !! Looks inviting !

  4. Fingerlicking pickle,seriously droolworthy.