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Bittergourd / Pavakkai Fry Recipe

Bittergourd / Karle / Pavakkya /

  Today’s in my kitchen this crispy fries using our own Pavakkai which grown in my  window .It was very tasty as it was home grown.


This fries is a great tea time evening snack and a good side dish for variety rice & curd rice.Do make this South Indian style crispy bittergourd fries recipe and enjoy!
       Crispy bitter gourd fry recipe- Easy,healthy,guilt free evening snack 
In my childhood days my grandma(aaji) making bitter gourd variety of style. curry (coconut onion roast) just like mutton gravy . fry , kokam/ dry sabji..
Its very healthy  try to add this veggis in your daily meal. 
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 तू मेरी आड़ और ढ़ाल है; मेरी आशा तेरे वचन पर है। 
  • Bittergourd- 2 nos(Medium)
  • Besan / kadla maavu /Gram flour -5 tbsp
  • Rice flour – 1 tbsp
  • Corn flour – 1/2 tbsp (optional)
  • Red chilli powder or sambar powder – 2 tsp 
  • Salt – as needed
  • Water – 1 tbsp
  • Curd/ dahi- 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Cooking oil – to deep fry
  • Wash and slice the bitter gourd to a  thin roundels.The key to get crispy bitter gourd fry lies in cutting the slices.


  • If u want to remove the bitterness of bittergourd to a certain extent,follow this step.Add 2 tbsp of curd + salt and mix the bittergourd well.Leave it aside for 10 minutes.It will start to leave water,Squeeze the bittergourd pieces and discard the water.Now Karela / bitter gourd pieces look dry without any water.If u don’t want to remove the bitterness,skip this step and proceed to the next one.
  • Take the bittergourd pieces to a bowl.Add curd,salt,turmeric powder,sambar powder or red chilli powder,besan flour and rice flour.Mix well.Sprinkle very little water using a tbsp and coat the BG pieces well with masala.Add little more besan flour if u need.Check for taste and add more red chilli powder and salt .
  • Heat oil to deep fry.Check the temperature of oil by dropping a pinch of batter,If it rises immediately to the top,simmer the flame and and put the bitter gourd pieces into the oil .
  • Deep fry both the sides till it turn crispy and golden brown.
  • Enjoy with rice or as evening snacks with tea/Coffee!
  • Replace sambar powder with red chilli powder.
  • Skip the soaking part if u don’t want to remove the bitterness of bitter gourd.
  • You can replace rice flour with corn flour too.

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