Nov 9, 2014

Pavakkai Fry Recipe / Bitter Gourd Fry Recipe

I always want to post more bitter gourd recipes, because it is one of the most requested recipe in my blog. I dont buy it often, i only get it occasionally. So last week when we went for shopping, i took couple of these to try this recipe and share here..This recipe is so easy to make and so delicious and crispy to eat..Love it..

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Bittergourd Masala
Bittergourd Pitlai

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Resting Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 2 to 3 mins per batch
Serves : 4


Bitter Gourds / Pavakkai - 2 large(around 4 cups sliced)
Salt - 2 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn
Salt a pinch
Gram Flour / Besan / Kadalai mavu - 1/2 cup
Rice Flour / Arisi Mavu - 1/2 cup
Oil for Deep Frying


Slice bittergourd into thin rounds. Now place this in a colander, sprinkle with 2 tblspn salt and turmeric powder. Mix well using your hands. Set aside for 30 mins. Now wash this really well and drain off the water.

Take this in a bowl, add a pinch of salt if needed. Taste and check for seasoning.

Add in all the ingredients except oil and mix well.

Heat oil for deep frying.

Drop this in hot oil and fry till golden. Drain and set aside.

Serve with rice and rasam.

Take few bittergourd

slice them thinly

Place that in a colander

Sprinkle some salt and turmeric powder

Massage it really well all over bittergourd..
Leave it to rest for 15 mins

this is how it looks after 15 mins

Now rinse them well and set aside so the water drains off

now take them in a bowl

sprinkle some salt, add little salt, because even after
 you wash there may be some salt in the bitter gourds

Add in chilli powder

add in garam masala powder

now add a good amount of gram flour

and some rice flour

mix that well

deep fry in hot oil

fry till it is crispy and golden

drain and serve


  1. this recipe looks really really good. in our house, after adding the masalas, they dry up the pieces in the sun.

  2. I tried al most all of your dish are grt...

  3. That should be really tasty. I like the idea. I have seen bitter gourd cooked with pork and other meats but never deep fried as you have it here.

  4. I tried it today.. n it came out very well.. thanks a lot for sharing dis recipe..

  5. Good recipe. Please let me know if its fine not to rinse bitter gourd with water after applying salt and turmeric.

  6. @Anonymousyes u can rinse, it removes the excess bitterness

  7. @Anonymousyes u can rinse, it removes the excess bitterness

  8. Can I remove the skin of bitter gourd n make

  9. @Anonymousnormally it is not removed..the skin has all nutrition

  10. Really looking awsm...i used to mix it with saute onion after frying bitter guard.....sweetness of onions and saltness of bittergaurd makes a delicious combo....

  11. HI Aarti,

    Tried this recipe today and was big hit, everyone liked it...Thank you!!!

  12. loved the recipe, will surely try it soon.Yardley Pal,Bombay

  13. I have tried this today and came out good


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