Bitter Gourd Raita (Pagarkai Pachadi/Karela Pachadi)

Bitter gourd Raita 1

Bitter gourd may not be everyone’s favourite but it has lots of health benefits. It helps in easy digestion, builds your immunity, reduces bad cholesterol, improves blood circulation, fights against infections, eliminates the harmful free radicals and strengthens the hair and what not.

During my school days my father plucks fresh bitter gourd from our farm while coming back home after watering the plants in the early morning and eat it raw in front me and my sister to encourage us to eat the bitter gourd. We never saw any reaction on his face that he is eating a bitter gourd. He just eats it like a fruit. Slowly we also started eating it (but only cooked one) and started liking it as well.

One way of making kids to eat bitter gourd is by adding it in raita. Most of the kids like to have curd. They will definitely like to have crunchy chips in between, while eating the curd. For a healthier version you can sauté the bitter gourd instead of deep frying it.

Bitter Gourd Raita (Pakarkai Pachadi/Karela Pachadi)

  • Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
  • Recipe Category: Accompaniment
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 10 mins
  • Serves: 4


                ITEM                 QUANTITY
Curd 1 cup
Bitter gourd 2 small
Salt As needed
Oil For deep frying

For grinding

                ITEM                 QUANTITY
Coconut 2 tbsp grated
Ginger 1 inch  chopped
Green chilli 2 small
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Mustard seeds(optional) ½ tsp

For seasoning

                ITEM                 QUANTITY
Coconut oil 2 tsp
Mustard seeds ¼ tsp
Red chilli 2 broken
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Asafoetida(Hing powder) A pinch


1. Grind the ingredients listed under ‘For grinding’ to semi coarse paste and mix it with thick beaten curd.

Bitter gourd Raita a

2. Thinly slice the bitter gourd and deep fry it in oil till it becomes crisp and golden brown.

Bitter gourd Raita b

3. Drain the excess oil in kitchen tissue and add it to the curd. Finally season it with the ingredients listed under ‘For seasoning’ and mix it well with curd mixture.

Bitter gourd Raita c

Serve it with steamed rice or you can eat it as such.

Bitter gourd Raita 1


* After slicing the bitter gourd, keep it under fan for 10 mins or pat dry it so that it will not drink more oil while frying it.

*You can shallow fry it instead of deep frying for a healthier version.

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