How to make Bitter Gourd Chips (Karele ke Pakode) - Bitter gourd slices dipped in a spicy gram flour batter and deep-fried.

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Main Ingredients : Bitter gourd (karela) (करेला), Gram flour (besan) (बेसन)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Bitter Gourd Chips (Karele ke Pakode) Recipe Card

Bitter Gourd Chips (Karele ke Pakode)

History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

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Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Bitter Gourd Chips (Karele ke Pakode) Recipe

  • Bitter gourd (karela) sliced thinly and soaked in water with salt and tu 3 medium

  • Gram flour (besan) ½ cup

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • Rice flour 3 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Dried mango powder 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder a pinch

  • Coriander powder 1½ teaspoons

  • Carom seeds (ajwain) 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 2

Combine gram flour, rice flour, salt, dried mango powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and carom seeds in a bowl and mix well. Add water as required and mix well to make a thick batter. Add 1 teaspoon hot oil and mix again.

Step 3

Add bitter gourd slices, mix well and deep-fry in hot oil till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 4

Sprinkle dried mango powder and red chilli powder and serve immediately.