I have seen in many marriages and other events, pitlai would be one of the kootu variety served. ... pavakkai poriyal… So if you feel, your tamarind is sour, add a little less than mentioned. Heat a tsp of oil in a kadai,fry the urad dhal,coriender seeds,toor dhal,dry red chilles. When you buy pavakkai try not to get dark green ones as they tend to be the ones that are really bitter 4. Cooking Time : 15 mins. But cooking it in a right way makes bitter gourd recipes interesting and inviting. This one is different because we add coconut and tamarind. Reply. share this. Now place this in a colander, sprinkle with 2 tblspn salt and turmeric powder.