Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bittergourd Chips

  Bittergourd is a vegetable which gets its name by its bitter taste. The taste of this wonderful vegetable may be bitter but its healthy benefits are good.

 It is also called as bittermelon or bitter squash. Bittermelon originated in India and it was carried to china in the 14 th century.

 Usually it is used to make stir fry , puli kulambu and pitlai.

 Bittergourd has anticancer, antihelmetic (Gastrointestinal ) , antimalarial , antiviral , cardioprotective properties. It is a excellent vegetable for diabetic patients, a substance lectin found in this has insulin like activity. Another substance called charantin which has hypoglyceamic effects.




Requirements :

Bittergourd – 2 large

Chilli powder – 1 tbs

Salt as required

Rice flour – ½ cup

Besan flour – ½ cup

Maida – 2 tbs

Corn flour – 2 tbs

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

Ginger garlic paste – ¼ tsp

Oil for frying

Method :

Wash and chop the bittergourd into thin round slices.

In a bowl , add the sliced bittergourd , rice flour , cornflour, besan flour , maida , chilli powder , salt and ginger garlic paste . Mix well so that the flour mixture coats on the bittergourd.

Sprinkle little water and mix well.

Heat the oil in a kadai.

Reduce the heat to medium and deep fry in the hot oil.

Fry till golden brown.

Bittergourd chips is ready to serve.

Chips will be with a mild bitter taste.

Note :

To get rid of bitter taste – soak the chopped bittergourd pieces in salt water for ten minutes , then use as desired.

Jaggery can be added in a smaller quatity.



  1. my fav vegetable...looks crispy..

  2. i dont eat bittergourd at all still loved the look of this recipe

  3. Nice and different taste. GFC following name - Shailaja Reddy

  4. i love them like crazy sara....they are so tasty...i always prick her telling please preapare mom used to say "Enna lu varutha kutti kolli kombum thinnum"...means fried in oil you will eat anything(tapioca too)....

  5. Love this crispy chips, have nt made since a long.

  6. Tasty and crispy bitter gourd curry.

  7. What a real sweet way to eat this bitter vegetable.... loved it...

  8. crispy crunchy and so yummy!!! super delicious!!
    Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
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