Pavakka Kichadi

Here’s a simple side dish of Pavakka (bitter gourd). It’s a traditional Kerala dish which is a part of Onam Sadya.

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  • I was looking for vellarikya pachadi recipe when I came across this.

    kichadi huh….tho the recipe sounds same as pachadi…I guess in diff parts of town its pronounced different:-)

    • Hi Nancy

      Thanks for dropping in.

      I guess there is some diff between pachadi n kichadi. In pachadi vegetables are cooked by adding water and in Kichadi vegetables are fried (source: google search :) ). Rest everything else is same :)

      Btw, your blog is very interesting. I’ve bookmarked :)

      Cheers
      Maria

      • I was going through your blog. It’s really nice.

        As per my understanding the pachadi and kichadi are different in the use of “mustard”. It’s grinded in “pachadi” along with the coconut but not in “kichadi”.

          • Does being mean is being smart Anie! Maria, u r doing a great job and keep writing cos you have readers. Last night tried ur manga chammandi and it was a quick hit – will try some other recipes too.

  • Hi Maria

    I tried pavakka kichadi…was soo soo good…. now i can add one more dish to my list :D .. my husband also loved it…. thank you so much…..

    • Hi maria..i have tried few of your recipes..especially fish…just love them…saw this recipe.and tried it today..came out well and it tasted the way my mom makes….I happened to see some comments above..so thought of sharing the picture of the curry to show that it turns a slight brown colour as per the discussion…anyways whatever said and done..if one follows the intstructions given..the curry just tastes like authentic pavakha pachadi..

      • Hi Aparna,

        Thank you so much for your comment :) Happy to hear that you like the recipes tried from here.

        I’m glad that it reminded you of your mom’s cooking. Thanks for sharing the pic too, appreciate it very much!

        Cheers
        Maria

  • I made this for Onam Sadya we hosted for our family friends, this Kichadi was a real hit as everyone liked the dish & asked for the recipe, the recipe is a simple one but its a sure mouth watering one… Thanks Maria for a nice recipe

    • Hi Latha,

      Thanks for the comment :) Glad to know that you had a great Onam with your family n friends.

      Its one of my fav recipes too…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hi ,
    this doesn’t even look like kichadi.if we make kichadi in a traditional way it wil be a very light brown  colour .your kichadi look like thayir sadham , no offense.and one more thing ur website take very long time to load the page .some of your recipes are good but not all for i am from a traditional christian family in kerala and am familiar with most of the chicken recipes you upload . one more thing snaps which u upload for most of your recipes look like some British guy made those.
    thank you

    • Its not fair to give such demotivating comments. The site is really excellent. The site owner can bbetter delete such comments.

        • Hi Maria,

          In three days i have turned a big fan of you. I tried moor kulambu, peas masala, panner butter masala, potato masala, banana fitters from your site in a short 3 days everything came out well. unfortunately this pavakka kichadi didnt turn out good but i converted it into moor kulambu by adding water, jeera powder and turmeric to the final product which i made and kept in stove constantly stiring for 5 minutes. Believe me it was awesome. I have bookmarked many other recipies to make too. Excellent portal. Hats off to you…
          I will be a regular visitor to ur blog from now on.
          I feel happy for finding this site.

          kavitha

          • Hi Kavitha,

            I’m glad that I got a wonderful reader like you :) Thanks a bunch dear for trying out all those recipes. But what happened to the kichadi? anyways, good to know that you were able to save it.

            Please keep trying the recipes when time permits and have fun cooking :)

            Cheers
            Maria

    • nice try anie,’xpert cook’s like u may not find this blog good.but some backbenchers like me need support and Maria is such a big help for us….
      cheers maria

    • i,ve tried ur dishes and it came out well..for the beginers like me your site is so help full,,thanks a lot and may God bless you..

  • hi ,
    this doesn’t even look like kichadi.if we make kichadi in a traditional way it wil be a very light brown  colour .your kichadi look like thayir sadham , no offense.and one more thing ur website take very long time to load the page .some of your recipes are good but not all for i am from a traditional christian family in kerala and am familiar with most of the chicken recipes you upload . one more thing snaps which u upload for most of your recipes look like some British guy made those.
    thank you

  • Hi Ritu,

    Thanks a lot dear :) Great to know that you are a regular visitor here.

    I’ve seen some people soaking the sliced pavakka in slat water and squeezing out the water after sometime, to reduce the bitterness. May be you can try that.

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Just saw this first comment how mean …so discouraging..how can she say like that.crap person must say she needs treatment maria..ur dishes are just awesome i myself tried a lot from urs..truly tasty.keep this going dear.ur doing a great job. :)

    • Hi Smitha,

      Thank you so much dear for your support and encouraging words, I appreciate it very much :)

      I guess I cant make everybody happy, so let it be…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Maria, im going to try this on weekend… i hv got some deadly bitter “paavakka”… hope it will come out well. else i might hv to eat the entire thing all by myself ;)

    and reg Anie’s comment, Maria what u said is absolutely right… u can’t make everyone happy…. for all level 1 cooks like me need blog like urs and not recipes of master chefs…

    • Hi Deepthi,

      Hope pavakka kichadi turned out well for you. Did it turn out bitter?

      Nice to know that you find the recipes here useful dear, thank you so much :)

      Cheers
      Maria

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