Saturday, April 6, 2013

Crispy Fried Bitter Gourd (Pavakkai) With Curry Leaves


You know what I have decided for the day? I have decided to faithfully serve the vegetarians specifically today. So, brace yourself vegetarians, why not we include the non-vegetarians as well because a pleasing vegetarian meal I bet won't anyone. Alright. To kick start, I have this Crispy Fried Bitter Gourd/Pavakkai Curry Leaves. I know bitterness of bitter gourd (Dhal Bitter Gourd Curry & Bitter Gourd Potato Curry), is not hailed by many, should we speak about the kids these days? I don't know, you tell me. In my house, we are all over-grown children, so we need the bitterness for picking up our healthiness.


But, there is always a but in nava-k's vocabulary, this crispy fried bitter gourd apparently can rock and roll anyone. Yes, it will. Somehow it is akin a magical fried stuff (Fried Mushroom Rolls, Fried Lotus Root & Crispy Fried Okra/Bendi), and no one actually care about its bitterness which actually flies out of the flying pan. And this one with curry leaves (Valakkai/Plantain Curry Leaves) I vouch is even more better.

Whether you like to munch into this fried bitter gourd as a snack or its gonna be a side for a vegetarian meal, aha! Here comes the rest of the dishes which can be teamed with it - Lemon Cashew Nut Rice, Cumin Rice, Curry Leaf Cashew Nut Rice, Vegetable Kurma, Potato Green Peas Curry, Dhal Vegetable Soup, Vegetable Green Curry, Yogurt Rasam, Spicy Tofu Curry, Stir Fried Carrot, Mustard Green Masala, Mango Chutney, Purple Cabbage Stir Fried & Aloo Gobi

Ingredients
4 medium size Indian bitter gourd - remove seeds and sliced thinly. Soak in water for 10 minutes and squeeze to remove excess water.
1/2 tbsp plain chilli powder
1/2 tbsp plain curry powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp rice flour
3-4 sprigs curry leaves - shredded
Salt for taste
Oil for frying
Method
Into a bowl,  mix all the ingredients together.
Sprinkle a little water if needed. 
Heat oil and fry gourd in batches till crispy and light brown in colour.
Remove and drain on kitchen towel.
Garnish with more curry leaves before serving. 
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34 comments:

  1. Sounds bitter but interesting! Gonna try this! :)
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  2. sounds like an addictive snack!

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  3. I too make this often but with little different ingredients.. Planning to post some day :) Loved the clicks.. Healthy bitter treat :)

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  4. This is one of my faves when I have banana leaf rice.

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  5. Wow, how crispy and crunchy it is. Love it.
    You know, one way or the other, everybody would have hated Bitter Gourd at some point of time. But once they get to know how to get rid of the bitterness, it works out well. I love the fries now!!
    The only ingredient I never added was, "fish or meat curry powder", otherwise my version is similar to yours. I'm sure the curry powder would have given the extra kick.

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  7. Nice and yummy dear, I do make this but never have added curry powder. May be I will give it a shot the next time.

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  8. Hello dear...thanks a ton of roses for stopping by my humble space and leaving your precious views! Your words made my day even brighter...thank you!

    Like you, I was one of the millions who ran away from bitter gourds during my younger days. My Amma sometimes would just give up with me. I only started eating fried bitter gourds after getting married, that too in a restaurant. I did say "ewww" at the first bite...but continued eating after that. Lol.

    Your fried version looks very tempting...I need to grab some now, hope you don't mind. Glad to meet you and your delicious space! Have a Super Sunday and gorgeous week ahead :)

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  9. Bitter gourd can be so yummy , I learned here!

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  10. looks delicious & crunchy...lovely healthy recipe!

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  11. Crunching on a bitter gourd sounds interesting.loved the idea adding meat powder

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  12. My favorite way to enjoy bitter gourd too! So yummy!

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  13. This is such a delicious dish. I haven't made this for ages. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  14. Never even though to make a bitter crisp before,
    interesting dish..
    bitter gourd with a spice kick'in sounds appetizing!

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  15. never tried fried bitter gourd but m sure anyth fried would be good :) Happu to follow u now. would be great to c u follow http://goodeatstostyle.blogspot.com/

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  16. Oh I love bitter gourds. Ur look tempting

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  17. Bitter gourd looks lovely. I do prepare quite similar but without the spices :) Next time i am going to try this.

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  18. mmm....i love to eat this...surprisingly I dont mind the taste of bitter gourd when i was small

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  19. looks different,i have tasted one crispy fried with salted eggs in KL.

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  20. Looks very good...I'll sure try this out :)

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  21. Thanks everyone. For me, as mentioned, this is best and most perfect way of preparing and enjoying bitter gourd.

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  22. It is really good for those suffering from diabetes. I will try baked version of this recipe to make it more healthy.

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  23. I love karelas prepared in any which way.. perfect with rice and mango chutney :-)

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  24. My Favourite and you made it..send me some..

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  25. Definitely a must try, adding new touches to an already popular Indian vege (sure beats Chinese bitter gourd dishes anytime-don't like the 'in-your-face' bitterness of the Chinese versions)

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  27. i love this for its bitterness and crispiness.
    i love it with dal rice.

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  28. Addition of cornflour and rice flour is new... i will try it next time! I normally make it just with the spices

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