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Pavakkai Fry | How to make Bitter Gourd Fry

Bitter Gourd or Bitter melon or Karela is one of the best vegetables that available in the food kingdom. It can be taken as curry, fry or juice at least once a week. You can have this pavakkai fry with plain rice as well. We will get many nutrition sources when it comes to regular consumption. Regular intake of pavakkai lowers blood glucose levels and it acts as the best medicine for Diabetics. It is also good for digestion, improves cardiac health, combats cancer, cleanses the liver and many more. So adding pavakkai to our diet gives immense benefits to our body.

Bitter gourd or Pavakkai fry is ready to serve.

The only thing we need to tolerate is the bitterness of the vegetable. If you like pavakkai, then you can have them in any form. When it comes to the Pavakkai fry or bitter gourd fry, you can have them since they contain many spices. When you marinate with spices and lemon juice, you will not feel any bitterness while you consume. Though you are feeling the bitterness, that will be in a tolerable state.

Pavakkai fry is ready to serve hot.

I make pavakkai fry once a week as am fond of bitter gourds. But my husband hates this vegetable. So I use to add some spices to the pavakkai in which it will lose its extremely bitter taste and will be in light bitterness. That is fine to eat and this is how I make my husband eat this. This Pavakkai Fry will go well with plain rice, curd rice or even you can have them as a snack. I have added all those tips and methods to reduce the bitterness of the pavakkai at the end of the blog in the Quick Tips part. You can try them to feed your children or family members since we get more nutrition benefits from the bitter gourds.

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Pavakkai fry is hot on plate.
  • Preparation Time : 5 mins
  • Marination Time : 10 mins
  • Cooking Time : 25 mins
  • Total : 40 mins
  • Servings : 2 Persons
  • Course: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients for making Pavakkai Fry | Bitter Gourd Fry

  • 1 large Bitter Gourd | Pavakkai (Thinly Sliced)
  • 2 tbsps Kashmiri Red chilli Powder
  • 1 tbsp normal Red chilli Powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsps Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • Half Lemon’s Juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 to 4 tbsps Coconut Oil
Ingredients for making pavakkai fry.

Steps for making Pavakkai Fry | Bitter Gourd Fry

At first, add all the spices to the pavakkai for marination. Add required amount of salt as well.

Add all the spices for marination.

Mix all the spices to the karela aka pavakkai. Check for salt and add some if needed.

Mix the ingredients for pavakkai fry.

Then add half lemon’s juice to the bitter gourd and mix it well. Remove the seeds from the lemon and squeeze it. Then refrigerate the marinated bitter gourd for 10 to 15 mins.

Add half lemon's juice to the bitter gourd.

Next, heat the oil in the pan and add the marinated bitter gourd.

Start frying them slowly.

Start frying them slowly on the medium flame. For the first few mins keep stirring them since they are in high to medium flame. Then turn your flame to the medium and close the pan. Let it cook for 10 mins. After 10 mins you will get the texture like this.

Fry them until they turn crispy.

Then turn your flame on high and fry them until they become crispy. Remember not to keep them without stirring, since the flame is on high. Again stirring for 10 to 15 mins, pavakkai will turn crispy. You can add a little amount of oil in-between if you feel like adding on it.

Pavakkai fry is ready to serve.

Pavakkai Fry | Bitter gourd Fry is ready to serve hot.

Serve hot with plain rice or curd rice.

Quick Tips

  • To reduce the bitterness of the bitter gourd, either you can add some lemon’s juice or some tamarind pulp.
  • Also, you can peel the bitter gourd’s skin slightly to avoid bitterness.
  • You should cut the karela into a very thin slice so that they will get fried easily and also will turn crispy.
  • You can also use groundnut oil for frying instead of coconut oil.
  • Frying in coconut oil adds extra flavour to the pavakkai fry.
Yummy and spicy bitter gourd fry.


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