Crispy Bitter Gourd Pakora or Bitter Gourd Fritters

Updated on January 19, 2018
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Cooking is one of my passions. Though I am working, I make nutritious and tasty food at home. I use minimal oil and no artificial colors.

Crispy Bitter Gourd Fries

I Worried About Eating Bitter Gourd Fries for the First Time. They were Simply Delicious!

People love to eat dishes made of bitter gourd because of the health benefits it has. Though there are many ways to include them in your diet, I believe that making bitter gourd fries is the easiest and the best way to consume them. In this shallow-fried snack, you will not taste any bitterness. As they are not deep-fried, they are healthy too. They are just awesome!

This morning, I made these fries. I used them as a side dish for tamarind rice.

Making bitter gourd fries was truly a fun. It took hardly 17 minutes to make these crunchy snacks. I made fries using one bitter gourd. There were about 20 slices. They were not only tasty but tempting too.

Though they can sometimes be slightly bitter, you want to eat more and more, maybe because of the taste, aroma, or whatever. Just try making them and experience the satisfaction of eating bitter gourd in the best way.

Now, let me share the recipe here.

Crispy Bitter Gourd Fries
Crispy Bitter Gourd Fries
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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 17 min
Yields: 20 slices of bitter gourd fries

Ingredients for Making Spicy Bitter Gourd Fries

  • 1 bitter gourd, thinly sliced, seed removed
  • 4 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 tsp gram flour/besan
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp oil, I used a non-stick pan for shallow-frying them
  • 1 tsp sambar powder or rasam powder, optional, I used. Don't have, use some more red chili powder, rasam powder you get in Indian stores.

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Crispy Bitter Gourd Fries:

  1. Wash the bitter gourd. Thinly slice it. Don't make them too thin. Refer the pic. Remove the seeds in the center. Keep aside.
  2. Take a mixing bowl. Add rice flour, corn flour, red chili powder, sambar or rasam powder, gram flour, and salt. Mix them. Adding sambar or rasam powder gives a distinct taste to these fries. If you don't have, use some more red chili powder.
  3. Add water little by little and make a neither thin nor thick batter. Refer the pic for consistency of the batter.
  4. Gently mix the bitter gourd slices with the batter.
  5. Heat a pan for shallow-frying. I used a non-stick pan. If you use a non-stick pan, you can shallow-fry them in less oil.
  6. Spread some oil on the pan. Place the batter coated slices one near the other. Don't overcrowd them. Refer the pic.
  7. Roast the bottom of the slices on a medium low fire. Add a few drops of oil on the surface. Flip each of them. Roast the other side also. Add a few drops of oil while cooking.
  8. Shallow-frying a batch may take about 8-9 minutes on a medium-low fire. Remove them and place on a plate.
  9. Repeat the same for shallow-frying all the coated slices.
  10. Crispy bitter gourd fries are ready to munch! Use them as a side dish or snack. Enjoy the taste.

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Step one: Put rice flour, corn flour, red chili powder, rasam powder, gram flour, and salt in a mixing bowl. Dry mix them.Step two: Make a batter adding water little by little to get a neither thin nor thick batter.Step three: Wash bitter gourd. Make neither thick nor thin slices out of it. Remove the seeds in the center.Step four: Gently mix the batter with the slices. Step five: Add a teaspoon of oil on a hot non-stick pan. Place the batter coated bitter gourd slices one by one as shown in the pic. Add a few drops of oil on them.Step six: Shallow-fry them on a low fire for 3-4 minutes. By this time, the slices get roasted at the bottom. Now, flip them. Add a few drops of oil on the top.Step seven: Roast the other side also till crispy and golden brown. Cooking a batch takes about 8-9 minutes on a low fire.Step eight: Remove and place the fries on a serving plate. Eat them as a snack or side dish. Enjoy the taste!
Step one: Put rice flour, corn flour, red chili powder, rasam powder, gram flour, and salt in a mixing bowl. Dry mix them.
Step one: Put rice flour, corn flour, red chili powder, rasam powder, gram flour, and salt in a mixing bowl. Dry mix them.
Step two: Make a batter adding water little by little to get a neither thin nor thick batter.
Step two: Make a batter adding water little by little to get a neither thin nor thick batter.
Step three: Wash bitter gourd. Make neither thick nor thin slices out of it. Remove the seeds in the center.
Step three: Wash bitter gourd. Make neither thick nor thin slices out of it. Remove the seeds in the center.
Step four: Gently mix the batter with the slices.
Step four: Gently mix the batter with the slices.
Step five: Add a teaspoon of oil on a hot non-stick pan. Place the batter coated bitter gourd slices one by one as shown in the pic. Add a few drops of oil on them.
Step five: Add a teaspoon of oil on a hot non-stick pan. Place the batter coated bitter gourd slices one by one as shown in the pic. Add a few drops of oil on them.
Step six: Shallow-fry them on a low fire for 3-4 minutes. By this time, the slices get roasted at the bottom. Now, flip them. Add a few drops of oil on the top.
Step six: Shallow-fry them on a low fire for 3-4 minutes. By this time, the slices get roasted at the bottom. Now, flip them. Add a few drops of oil on the top.
Step seven: Roast the other side also till crispy and golden brown. Cooking a batch takes about 8-9 minutes on a low fire.
Step seven: Roast the other side also till crispy and golden brown. Cooking a batch takes about 8-9 minutes on a low fire.
Step eight: Remove and place the fries on a serving plate. Eat them as a snack or side dish. Enjoy the taste!
Step eight: Remove and place the fries on a serving plate. Eat them as a snack or side dish. Enjoy the taste!

Nutritional Information of Crispy Bitter Gourd Fries:

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 82
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 4 mg1%
Sodium 12 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

      ShailaSheshadri 

      9 months ago from Bengaluru

      Thanks Ashish. Your comments are treasured. These bitter gourd fries are shallow-fried on a non-stick pan. This way, you can lower the quantity of oil. For shallow-frying a batch(14 pieces) I used 1 1/2 tsp oil. The fries were not oily. I think you can use so much oil for a fried dish. Try it once.

    • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

      ShailaSheshadri 

      9 months ago from Bengaluru

      Thanks Cristina. I get nutritional information from the reliable sources on the net. It indicates serving as 1. That means, may be a small cup or 8-10 slices of bitter gourd fries. I shallow-fried them. You can very well make deep-frying or may be baking.

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      Cristina Vanthul 

      9 months ago from Florida

      Interesting! I would never have considered making bitter gourd fries (or rings). I bet you can bake them as well and make them even healthier. One question though - how many rings are in one serving?

    • Ashish Dadgaa profile image

      Ashi 

      9 months ago

      @Shaila,

      Wow, this looks delicious.

      I loved this simple and easy recipe.

      My only concern is that too oily?

      Thank you so much :)

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