Saturday, April 4, 2009

Crispy Bitter Gourd Chips/Paavakaai Chips

Bitter Gourd? Yuck! I heard many people saying that . I admit that Bitter Gourd A.K.A Bitter Melon has an acquired taste. I liked it when I was young. As I grew older, I started loving it for its health benefits. Bitter Gourd is a must item in my weekly vegetable shopping list. Considering the health benefits (twice the calcium of spinach, twice the potassium of banana) that it provides one should consume at least once a week. It also helps to regulate Blood Sugar levels naturally.

My son likes it if I make Chips. (Tastes like crispy bitter pokoda). He loves to eat them with Yogurt rice.


Bitter gourd – 8 or 9 medium
Sambar Powder
Or Chili powder - 1 tsp
Fresh Lemon Juice -1tbs
Besan or Chick Pea flour – 4 to 5 tbs


Slice the Bitter gourd into thin rounds. Add Sambar powder or Chili powder, turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt to the bitter gourd and mix well. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the extra water from the vegetable. Then place it on a wide plate and sprinkle besan flour on top of the seasoned bitter gourd rounds. Adjust salt if needed. Deep fry in medium to low flame until it is crisp and slightly golden.