Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bitter Gourd chips / Pavakkai Fry

The word bitter gourd creates a bitter sensation in the mouth right? But trust me, there is a good feeling in biting into that bitterness. Bitter Gourd is one versatile veggie. You can create many kinds of dishes from a bittergourd. I will gradually post a bittergourd special in which I will showcase different bitter gourd recipes.

This bitter gourd chips is what I learnt from my MIL when she was here. Its a very easy recipe to make.Here is how we made it. This recipe serves 4.


Bitter Gourd - 4-5 medium sized
Gram Flour - 2 tbsp
Salt - To taste
Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch


  • Cut off the ends of the bitter gourd. Then cut the bitter gourd in from of rings and remove the seeds from the core.
  • Add the gram flour, asafoetida, salt and red chilli powder to the bitter gourd rings and mix well. Keep it aside for 15-20 mins.

  • In a wok/kadai heat oil and once the oil is hot enough for frying, add the bitter gourd rings and allow them to fry until they are golden Brown.

  • Remove from oil and place them on a paper towel to soak off the excess oil.

  • Serve as a snack with evening tea or serve as chips/accompaniment to Sambar rice or Rasam rice.

  • Enjoy the Fryums!!Try it out and let me know how it was!

  • If the seeds are tender, we can leave them as it is. If the seeds are hard then we need to remove them.
  • After cutting them in rings put them in a bowl of water in which we have added one tbsp of curd to remove excessive bitterness. This helps people who cannot tolerate much of the bitterness of the bitter gourd.

  • Slice the rings as thin as possible so that frying becomes faster.


Ms.Chitchat said...

Nice crispy pavakka chips. love to have them with sambar rice.

Vimitha Anand said...

Would be great with curd rice