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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pavakka pakoda / Bittergourd fritters

  I have spoken previously on the blog of my love for bittergourd. The husband and daughter share this love of mine for a vegetable that unfairly often gets a bad rap. Today, I have tried to come up with a deep fried dish using this veggie, where the bitterness is only slightly evident.



What you need:

Bittergourd - 2
Gram flour - 3/4 cup (approx)
Rice flour - 1/2 cup (approx)
Red chilli powder - 1 tbsp (adjust to taste)
Salt
Oil - for deep frying

Wash and dry the bittergourd. Discard both the thin ends. Chop into thin, even discs. If the seeds are too thick and tough, you can remove them. Otherwise, you can leave them in, like I did. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle water a little at a time to get a thick dough.
Heat oil in a kadai. On a medium flame, fry the bittergourds, a few at a time until they are crisp and brown. Do not hurry this step or attempt to do it on a high flame.
Drain on to a paper towel. Enjoy as is or as a side with rice and curry.

This is my first entry to Week 3 of Blogging Marathon #53 under the theme fritters.
 
 Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM

15 comments:

sushma said...

very nicely done. Looks nice and crisp

Srivalli said...

Sounds interesting Jay, maybe I should try this to get over my aversion to this veggie..:)

Padmajha PJ said...

We love bittergourd too! And I make a similar version too. Wish I could have a few now....

Usha said...

I love bitter gourd & the chips are tempting. It is good to know even your family loves bitter gourd. That is not the case at my place. My husband would not mind eating the vegetable but he is not fond of it as I am.

praba bubesh said...

crunchy pavakka pakoda..looks awesome..

Priya Suresh said...

I want to munch some, now u r tempting to make these bittergourd fritters.

Chef Mireille said...

I despise bitter gourd but this is a good idea to maybe get kids to eat them

The Pumpkin Farm said...

my husband loves bitter gourd..this seems like a lovely treat for him

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

We love bittergourd and this is a lovely recipe to make.

Pavani N said...

Crispy & delicious looking bitter gourd fritters.

Harini-Jaya R said...

I tried the baked version of these and was addicted. The fried version sounds sinful !

Archana Potdar said...

Bitter gourd fan , you too. Hi! I too love them. Unfortunately not so my family. I buy these chips but they seenm so simple to make.

Sapana Behl said...

Wow very nice and crispy fritters.

vaishali sabnani said...

My favourite too! Nice recipe.

Priya Srinivasan said...

Bitter gourd is our favourite too!! Chips looks tempting! !