Homemade crispy Bitter Gourd Chips ( Pavakkai / Karela Chips ) & AWARDS

20 Jan 2012


Crispy Bitter Gourd Chips 

To prepare homemade crispy Bitter-gourd chips is a tasty process & good choice for those who don’t like bitter gourd. Most of us avoid this healthy vegetable coz of its bitterness. But the crunchy & crispy chips version makes a best solution for it. These taste great sliced into thin rounds, deep fried with masala coating.

This is a very simple recipe.  Before frying, the chips are coated in a light batter with just the right amount of seasoning. The batter adds flavor and ensures the chips are crisp. 

Also, it makes an excellent choice as a snack for evening tea. 

Hope you try & enjoy this crispy chips made of bitter gourd...:)


  • Bittergourd / Pavakkai / Karela               - 3 nos
  • Gram flour                                            - ½ cup
  • Rice flour                                              - 3 tsp
  • Red chilly pwd                                      - 1 tsp
  • Chat masala pwd                                   - ¼ tsp
  • Oil to deep fry
  • Salt to taste                                         


  1. Wash the bittergourd and pat dry.
  2. Slice off the top and tail and then cut the bittergourd into thin rings.
  3. Put these thin rings in a plastic container and sprinkle 1 tsp of salt over them.
  4. Mix them well,so that the rings are fully coated with salt.
  5. Keep aside for half an hour.
  6. The salt will cause the bittergourd to give off all its water and some of its bitterness.
  7. After half an hour, drain all excess water from the bittergourd.
  8. In a bowl, take gram flour, rice flour, red chilly pwd, chat masala, salt and 1 tsp of oil.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Add the sliced bitter gourd to the flour mix.
  11. Sprinkle few drops of water so that the masala coats all the pieces well.
  12. Heat the cooking oil in a deep pan on medium flame.
  13. When hot , add the masala coated slices little at a time & fry till crispy.
  14. Stir often with a slotted ladle.
  15. When cooked, drain and put onto paper towels.
  16. Store in an air tight container. It stays crisp for a long time.

  1. Enjoy the crisp & spicy bittergourd chips with your piping hot coffee/ tea or as a side for  curd rice.

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Bunch of Awards:

I received these wonderful awards from my dear friends & outstanding foodblog authors Soba Shyam , Easyfoodsmith , Anzz & Julie ...!

Thanks  for the honour friends. It really means a lot and encourages me to blog more.

Check out their spaces to enjoy yummy recipes & excellent food cliks. Keep up the great work friends..:)

I would like to pass it to the following blogger friends

·        Anu
·        faseela
·        sangee vijay
·        Vidhya
·        Teena Mary
·        Kavi
·        jeyashrisuresh
·        Mélange
·        Balvinder Ubi
·        Aarthi
·        Nish
·        Recipe world


58 Yummy Comments:

Nish said...

Bitter Gourd chips! Oh my.
I've made karela sabji only ONCE in my life & swore never to touch it again! No amount of salt removed it's bitterness - it was awful :(

And thanks for passing on the award, Jay! (*_*)

Torviewtoronto said...

interesting looks wonderful

Mira said...

Jay, I love bittergourd in any form. Now you have made me drool with this crispy recipe. Best wishes to win the contest @ sweet, Karam, Kapi.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very crispy, tasty and healthy fry.

Hamaree Rasoi

Kaveri said...

These crispies look very tempting...Very nicely done

BragonDorn said...

Looks great! I don't think Ill make this one though...

Sravs said...

Nice crispy and crunchy chips !!

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M.B. said...

oh my jay this is good yaar. even i hate karela this bitter gourd but my parents love it with its bitterness also..

jay would like to tell u karela skin the outer ridged one is also used nicely. i m not eating karela so wont buy it but if u want i can mail u the recipe of what u can do. hope i can find ur email id here.

Hari Chandana said...

Truly delicious.. Yummy !!
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Julie said...

Very crispy ones..never tried adding rice flour,will try some time!!

Erivum Puliyum

Roshan said...

superb idea...i am sure no one can resist bittergourd in this form...

Maayeka said...

crispy and delicious karela chips...wonderful way to use karela

congrats on ur Award here.Crispy BitterGourd Chips. Awesome!

vickya said...

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Aarthi said...

I love this any time of the week..You are making me to have it now..


vickya said...

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Mélange said...

The bitter gourd looks extremely fresh and tempting.Nice recipe.
Hey,Congrats on your awards... keep rocking..
Thanks for remembering me,am honored.

@lekshmi said...

Delicious and healthy fry in an all new way!!!!

Anne Regalado said...

Jay , that's really an interesting snack ! Seen that kind of bitter gourd around here but haven't tried using it yet .

Anne Regalado said...

Jay , that's really an interesting snack ! Seen that kind of bitter gourd around here but haven't tried using it yet .

Ganga Sreekanth said...

Awesome recipe jay..U have made it perfectly..

Jay said...

Thanks for dropping by & leaving your lovely comments..its truly inspiring & encouraging..;)
have a great weekend with your family

kitchen queen said...

Wow the bittergourd chips look so crispy and tempting that I want to grab all of them can I please?

Ramya said...

i dont like bittergourd, but love these chips anytime

Vidhya said...

wow, it looks so crispy...A perfect side dish for curd rice! Has come out so well!

simran said...

very nice recipe!thanks jay...will try this out for sure..my hubby is really fond of karela..but i am not!however these crispy chips are making me rethink my no karela's stand!

Prathima Rao said...

Crispy & so mouthwatering!! Love this version anytime over the commercial ones..

Can these be stored for few days?
Prathima Rao
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Blackswan said...

Gosh, never knew u can turn bittergourd into chips! Love it!

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Kavi said...

WOw, thanks so much Jay! :) I'm really honored that you thought about me. :)
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ieatonline said...

hello Jay..

thanks for visiting my space. oops, paavakka fry...a favourite of my husband.(a bit sweet toothed, i am..)nice blog, you have got.
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Nava.K said...

Congrats on the blog award Jay and hope more will come your way. A big yes to this fried bitter gourd and we love it very much. The gourd is so good for diabetic and I tend to cook it very often for my hubby.

Rashida shaikh said...

I had it earlier. Once my bro bought it from Kerala
Didn’t knew the recipe..Thanks
I'll try it soon.
I tried your Tomato Chutney, Making now & then... :)

Aarthi said...

Thank you so much for passing this award to me and thinking of me when you pass this on..This really mean a lot to me..Thanks Again


Roshu said...

This is simply mouth watering....
congrats on ur award dear

faseela said...

lovely recipe...shuld try this soon....

Congrats dear and thanks a lot dear for sharing with me.....really feel honored

La @ FoodSlice said...

I bought these once from a shop that sells Hot chips, they do have a slight bitterness still. My husband liked them more than me. So if he asks me to cook them for him, i am now armed with your easy to follow recipe.

That´s a brand new recipe for me, I´ve never seen these vegetables. I suppose it´s like cucumber? Congrats for the prizes,

Balvinder Ubi said...

Never thought of bitter gourd chips.
thanks for the awards. Really appreciate it.

Teena Mary said...

Looks so crispy. Loved this recipe! Thanks for sharing the award with me :) A great day to start with!

No sé donde puedo encontrar la calabaza amarga, pero la receta me parece muy curiosa... y que se pueda acompañar con el té.
Enhorabuena por la receta.
Me la apunto.

Un saludo, Jay.

Juan Carlos

maha said...

...wow...crunchy and crispy chips looks yumm...Very nicely done..

divya said...

Wow! Looks fantastic! I am drooling all over it :)

I like bitter gourd but I've not tried frying them before. Congrats on the awards! Well Done, Jay!

Richa said...

i should try these chips.. coz i dont like karela in the usual subzi.. super cool idea!

Angela said...

I have seen bitter gourd on cooking shows but have never tried cooking with it. This looks very interesting.

Jay said...

thanks for your nice comments..love to read it..:)

Hema said...

Thank U Jay for stopping by my blog, and for your lovely comment, first time here, you have a nice place here, the pavakkai chips look so crispy, would go well with a bowl of rasam sadam, happily following you..

nice! i usually buy this one, now i know its so easy to make! :)

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Nice looking karela chips. Love the bitter flavor. Will go well with any drink.Congratulations on the award. Have a great Sunday!

Kalyan P said...

Just mouthwatering...looks so fresh, crispy & delicious!

angsarap.net said...

I never had used bitter gourd like this, only on stir fries. This is definitely a must try

Spiky said...

i was thinking of a batter lately...well, i would try this. :)

Roshni said...

yumm yumm.. my fav veg

Anu said...

Bitter Ground chips looks so yummy...Congrats for the awards and thanks for passing them to me..i am really happy to receive them..

I love them Jay with thayir sadam, looks superb. Congrats on your awards.

Ambreen said...

Bitter gourd is my favorite vegetable! That looks and sounds so good. Congrats on all your awards :)

Vidhya said...

The chips look so crispy and crunchy no one would believe that its made with bitter gourd.Congrats on your many awards and thank you dear for passing them to me.I feel so honored.

Recipe world said...

Wow, nice crispy chips..I also keep preparing them..but my method is slightly different :)
Congrats on your awards..thanks for passing it to me also!


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