Bitter gourd / Pavakkai - 10 long size
(Trim the ends and cut into semi thick slices along with the seeds)
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Take a wide plate add the cut bitter gourd, salt, turmeric powder and red chilly powder,mix well and cover it with a lid and rest it for 6 hours.
Gently squeeze out excess water from the vegetable and spread it on a tray.
Sun dry till crisp and store it in an air tight container.
When needed just fry the vathal in oil and eat it as a side dish or add it to karakulambhu.
This is very handy in your pantry if you don't have fresh pavakkai you can relplace this dried vathal.
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