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Pavakka Fry | Bitter Gourd Fry | Bitter Melon Vegetarian Side

The past year has been an eye opener to new vegtables in my life, pavakka/ bitter gourd is one of them. I have learnt to have them and like them for their goodness. Surprisingly I can happily say that I used to be someone who used to run the other direction if I knew there was pavakka in the menu. But we all do grow out of fears and I sure did. I have some pavakka recipes featured in here - Pavakka Puli Kuzhambhu & Pavakka Stir Fry, today I plan to share a Pavakkai fry, don't be put off by the word fry, I did not use 1/2 ltr oil to fry :P its just a way less portion of oil. But the reason I have termed it as 'fry' is because of its crisp texture


Serves ~ 3 generously
Cook & Prep time ~ 30 mins
Recipe Source ~ Own


Pavakka/ Bitter Melon - 1/4 kg, 8 small/2 long 
Red chili powder - 1 and 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Cumin powder - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Rice Flour - 1 tsp
Gram/ Besan flour - 1 tsp
Salt to taste 
Oil for partial fry - 3 tbsp

  • Wash and chop bitter melon wipe with kitchen cloth and slice thinly. If you want you can discard the seeds (optional). 
  • In a medium bowl add all the spice powders except the flour - rice and besan, mix well with salt and add the chopped bittermelon to them and toss such that the masala sticks well to the slices.
  • Set aside for 10 minutes and heat oil in a pan, just before frying them add the rice flour and besan four mix well and fry the slices in batches. 
  • Make sure you give enough time for them to fry on both sides for atleast 3-4 minutes undisturbed. 
  • Using a slotted spoon take the fried slices and drain them on a kitchen towel to remove excess oil
  • Store in a air tight container to maintain crispiness.
Serve along with rice and your favorite curry

Cooks Wisdom

- Make sure you are not in a hurry while doing this recipe, you need patience if you want them crisp, so make sure you engage in other things while the pavakka is frying.
- Make sure oil is not too hot else the bitter melon slices will not get cooked well
- This fry gives mildly bitter pavakka if partially fried but if well fried it will not taste bitter
- Make sure you add the rice flour and gram flour just before frying them, do not add too much of it too
- Frying them with seeds is totally optional


  1. Very lovely Priya, thanks for tips. The color of the pavakka fry looks fab. Thank you very much for sharing.

  2. Yummy and tasty bitter gourd fry as a side of dal-rice. Simply superb sister.

    today's post:

  3. i too made these once :)like them to have this way :) lovely clicks and delicious looking bitter gourd fry dear :) tempting me !!

  4. Crunchy pavakai fry.................

  5. tempting clicks...this recipe sounds quite interesting:)

  6. Crunchy and healthy recipe.. Wish to have this with my curd rice.. Parcel it for me dear..

  7. Crispy and crunchy looking bitter gourd. My favourite veggie. Excellent preparation.

  8. Yummy good looking fry. nice clicks

  9. Love this pavakka fry da.. Perfectly made.. Paruppu rice with ghee and this pavakka fry is my favorite combo..

  10. nice way of cooking bittergourd.

  11. karela looks so temtping, feel like just take one slice and put it in my mouth.

  12. love this crunchy bittergourd.lipsmacking side.

  13. Hey pictures r superb classic dee:) my favouriteeeeee

  14. Never get bored of this fry, its been a while i prepared, i can have it just like an evening snacks..Very tempting.

  15. amma makes dis often..very healthy n dis luks really awesum.

  16. WOW Priya, this recipe reminded me of my mom's recipe :)
    She makes it in the same way !!!
    Love to have it with yellow moong dal !!

  17. your second pic is perfect...could feel the taste from a pavakka fan and i am loving it

  18. Looks so crispy and delicious..

  19. Crunchy and spicy, looks yummy Priya.

  20. looks sooo tempting n delicious....

  21. I never deep fried bitter gourd. Your clicks are so tempting! :)

  22. tempting stir fry with less oil, love it dear...

  23. Fry looks fabulous dear great clicks to have this with rasam rice whoo...

  24. never added besan with karela da.. liked your method..

  25. im loving this eventhough im not a fan of karela...

  26. I love these, I have them with dal chawal :)

  27. If it's made like this, I would finish in no no time...crispy n yum

  28. I still havent grown out of my dislike for bitter gourd, but your recipe is tempting! If only I get over the bitter taste..

  29. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first
    comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.
    I will keep visiting this blog very often.
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  30. on of my fav veggie..looks great

  31. Bitterguard is always it.

  32. Happy to be your follower.


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