Bitter-gourd Fry

Bitter-gourd Fry

Bitter-gourd (Bitter Melon) Fry is an easy fritter in which the sliced bitter-gourd pieces are coated with flour and deep fried in oil. This would make a great accompaniment to all rice varieties or it can be just simple snacked upon.

Goodness of Bitter Gourd:

Bitter-gourd (Also called Pavakkai OR pagarkai in Tamil) contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach and twice the potassium of a banana. As good as a source of iron and vitamins, it’s bitter as it is.

Frying is an easy option to include the bitter gourd in diet. Our mom used to make this often as we all had trouble in eating bitter-gourd (who doesn’t, right???) in any other form. You can either have it along with rice, as it can easily replace chips, fryums, vadams & papads or with mint chutney as a healthy snack.

Over to Bitter-gourd Fry recipe from Home Making Delight…

Bitter-gourd Fry Recipe

IMG_1897Ingredients:

Bitter-gourd – 4 or 3 cup sliced pieces

Gram Flour – 1/2 cup

Rice Flour – 1/4 cup

Corn Flour – 2 tblsp

Chilli Powder – 2 tsp

Salt & Water as required

Oil for deep frying

Preparation Method:

  1. Cut the bitter gourd vertically in the form of circles and try to remove the seeds inside as much as possible.

IMG_18762. Soak the pieces in the salt water for 15-20 minutes and drain them.

IMG_18853. Add rest of the ingredients (Gram & rice flour, Chilli powder, Asafoetida, salt(if required) and mix all together nicely. Sprinkle water only if required.

IMG_18864. Heat oil in the kadai or pan. Once, it’s hot enough try to drop each piece separately using fork.

IMG_18885. Fry on both sides for about 10-12 mins in medium-high flame.

IMG_18896. Dry them using a paper towel and store in an air-tight container.

IMG_1898 Tit-Bits:

  1. Avoid using ripe bitter-gourds.

  2. Proper storage would give longer shelf-lives.

  3. You can fry curry leaves in the oil and sprinkle them on these fritters to make it more healthy and delicious.

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