To roast and grind to powder.
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
some curry leaves
1.wash , dry the bittergourds, slice thinly , removing seeds
2. In a pan roast ingredients mentioned above in roast and grind , keep groound powder aside .
3. In a pan add 2-3 tbsp sesame oil , and pan fry the bitter gourd slices with a pinch of salt .
4. Once the bitter gourds are stir fried , take a heavy bottomed pan , add sesame oil , splutter mustard seeds
add some curry leaves, add the stir-fried bitter gourds. keep tossing .
add 2 cups tamrind water, salt , turmeric powder .
A tsp of kashmiri chili powder may be added .
cover and cook till mixture thickens
stir at intervals, add the ground powder , about 3 -4 tbsp and mix well to prevent lumps .
continue to cover and cook till thokku is almost done .
add jaggery just before removing from flame .
The pavakkai thokku is done when oil is seen floating on sides and top .
This delicious fragrant thokku is very tasty when mixed with rice .
Store the prepared thokku in a clean dry air tight bottle .
This thokku comes handy to prepare a lunch box dish too.
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