Bitter Gourd Pavakka Fry

Bitter Gourd | Pavakka Fry

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Bitter Gourd | Pavakka Fry | Karela Fry | with step by step photos and videos. A very simple and crispy dish that goes well with rice. This recipe can be enjoyed by someone who does not like bitter gourd.

It is known for its unique bitter taste due to the presence of the chemical compound Momordica. However, not many people are fond of this veggie because of its bitter taste. If you don’t like the taste, deep frying will reduce the bitter taste but once you acquire its taste, you will enjoy its taste.
Though this dish is not big on health benefits as its deep-fried, it makes it bearable for people who are tasting bitter gourd for the first time. You can eat this along with rasam, sambar curry with rice.

Benefits:

An extremely healthy vegetable. Moreover, it is rich in iron, has high dietary fiber and contains twice the beta-carotine of broccoli and calcium of spinach or potassium of banana. Furthermore, it also helps in reducing the sugar levels and many doctors generally advice the diabetic patients to include this in their diet. But it is not recommended for pregnant ladies.

How to make crispy bitter gourd or pavakka recipe?

Bitter Gourd | Pavakka Fry | Karela Fry | with step by step photos and videos. A very easy recipe and can be cooked with a handful of ingredients which makes it a quick side dish to go for. Before marinating, the veggies are mixed with 2 tsp salt and allowed to rest for a minimum of 30 minutes. By doing so can reduce more bitterness to recipe. Further, these veggies are drained and marinated well with the masalas & spices. Deep or shallow fry these veggies until it becomes crisp.

Furthermore, kindly check my crispy gobi65. You will love it for sure.

Bitter Gourd | Pavakka Fry

Course: SidesCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

5

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Soaking Time

30

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

Bitter Gourd | Pavakka Fry | Karela Fry | with step by step photos and videos. A very simple and crispy dish that goes well with rice.

Recipe Video

Ingredients

  • 2 Bitter Gourds(Pavakka)

  • 1 tbsp Salt

  • Water as required

  • 1 1/2 tbsp Rice Flour

  • 1 tbsp Besan Flour

  • 1/2 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

  • 11/2 tsp Red Chili Powder

  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Powder

  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala

  • 1/8 tsp Hing

  • Juice of half lemon (around 1 tsp)

  • 1/4 cup Cooking Oil

Directions

  • Wash the bitter gourd and cut it into slices. You can either slit the bitter gourd length-wise or cut then into thin rounds.Bitter Gourd  Pavakka Fry
  • Remove the seeds if there are any and transfer to a mixing bowl.Bitter Gourd Pavakka Fry
  • Add 1 tbsp salt and rub it well with the veggies. Soak it in 2 to 3 cups of water for 20 minutes.Bitter Gourd Pavakka FryBitter Gourd Pavakka Fry
  • Drain the water and let us marinate the bitter gourd.Bitter Gourd Pavakka Fry
  • Add 1 1/2 tbsp Rice Flour, 1 tbsp Besan Flour, 1/2 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste, 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder, 11/2 tsp Red Chili Powder, 1/2 tsp Fennel Powder, 1/4 tsp Garam Masala, 1/8 tsp Hing, and Juice of half lemon (around 1 tsp) to the bowl.Bitter Gourd Pavakka FryBitter Gourd Pavakka FryBitter Gourd Pavakka FryBitter Gourd Pavakka FryBitter Gourd Pavakka Fry
  • Mix & marinate it well.Bitter Gourd Pavakka Fry
  • Now heat 1/4 cup of cooking oil and let us shallow or deep fry the pavakka in batches.Bitter Gourd Pavakka Fry
  • Flip and fry until both the sides turns crisp over low to medium flame.
  • Drain off the fried pavakka from oil. Serve the hot and crispy pavakka fry with sambar rice or curd rice.Bitter Gourd Pavakka Fry

Notes

  • You can fry as soon as the pavakkas are marinated with masalas.
  • Not recommended for pregnant ladies

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