Pavakka Kondattom or sun dried and salted bitter gourd slices are a popular recipe among the people from South India. Once fried in oil, these died pieces turns crispy and goes well with hot steaming rice.Bitter gourd/bitter melon is a vegetable cultivated extensively all over India. In Kerala, it is called by the name Pavakka or in some parts Kayppakka/Kaypa. It is available in different sizes and different colors from whitish pale green to dark green. In any type or form, it is very bitter in taste, but has excellent medicinal virtues and it is rich in calcium, iron and phosphorous.